Washington’s most powerful women (all 12 of them)

Today, GQ Magazine released its list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Washington, D.C. and I was most interested to see what percentage of those people were women. As some spots were shared, there were in fact 55 people listed.hp-50-most-powerful-dc_630x378

Twelve of these people were women. Congratulations to:

Nancy Pelosi (No. 7)

Karen Ignani (Sharing No. 12)

Valerie Jarrett (No. 16)

Hillary Clinton (No. 18)

Michele Flournoy (No. 20)

Olympia Snowe (Sharing No. 22)

Jane Mayer (Sharing No. 27)

Carol Browner (No. 29)

Elizabeth Warren (No. 30)

Desiree Rogers (No. 40)

Ikram Goldman (No. 46)

and Stephanie Cutter (No. 49)

The list of Washington, D.C.’s most powerful people was 78% men. Keep in mind that Congress is 83% male and that 84% of Sunday morning political talk show guests are male. When we look at those statistics, and at the numbers of women writing op-eds and nonfiction bestsellers, it’s rare for women to break 20%. And while it’s thrilling to see women in this particular all-male bastion break the immensely challenging 20% mark, there’s still a long, long way to go.


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