Obama’s Female Advisers Felt Excluded

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WASHINGTON - MAY 01: Interim White House Communications Director Anita Dunn (C) talks with White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod before the start of a swearing-in ceremony in the East Room of the White House May 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. Dunn, a longtime Democratic consultant, has agreed to work for the Obama Administration for up to several months until a permanent appointee is named.

The Obama White House is no place for a woman, at least according to a new book by journalist Ron Suskind. In addition to some supposedly vicious disputes between the president’s economic advisers, Suskind paints a picture of a male-dominated environment, hostile to the opinions of its female members. The book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, includes a quote from former White House communications director Anita Dunn saying, “This place would be in court for a hostile workplace. Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Yet Dunn later denied this statement in an interview insisting, “The president is someone who when he goes home at night he goes home to a house full of very strong women. He values having strong women around.”