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President Obama recently nominated Janet L. Yellen to head the Federal Reserve System. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would become the first woman to lead the 100-year-old central bank. There are hundreds of federal agencies and commissions, but among some of the major agencies in the federal government, only a few are headed by women.

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    100 years leading major government agencies

    100 YEARS LEADING MAJOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

    President Obama recently nominated Janet L. Yellen to head the Federal Reserve System. If confirmed by the Senate,

    Yellen would become the first woman to lead the 100-year-old central bank. There are hundreds of federal agencies and

    commissions, but among some of the major agencies in the federal government, only a few are headed by women.

    LEGISLATIVE

    EXECUTIVE

    Color denotes majority party

    Color denotes party

    Male agency heads

    Female agency heads

    EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES

    1916

    1920

    1924

    1928

    1932

    1936

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    1948

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    1960

    1964

    1968

    1972

    1976

    1980

    1984

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    1992

    1996

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    2012

    1912

    President

    Woodrow Wilson

    Warren G.

    Harding

    Calvin

    Coolidge

    Herbert

    Hoover

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Harry S. Truman

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    John F.

    Kennedy

    Lyndon B.

    Johnson

    Richard M. Nixon Gerald R.

    James

    Carter

    Ronald Reagan

    George H.W.

    Bush

    William J. Clinton

    George W. Bush

    Barack Obama

    Ford

    Number of Female Agency Heads

    Since Establishment*

    Department and Year Established

    1

    3

    0

    2

    1

    3

    Justice, 1789

    State, 1789

    Treasury, 1789

    Interior, 1849

    Agriculture, 1889

    Commerce, 1913

    Three of the last five Secretaries of State

    have been women (Madeleine Albright,

    Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton).

    Seven women have led the

    Department of Labor, more than

    any other cabinet position.

    6

    0

    5

    Labor, 1913

    Defense, 1947

    Health and Human Services, 1953

    Housing and Urban Development, 1965

    Transportation, 1967

    2

    2

    1

    2

    Elizabeth Dole served as the

    Secretary of Labor (1989-1990) and the

    Secretary of Transportation (1983-1987).

    Energy, 1977

    Education, 1979

    Janet Napolitano resigned to head the

    University of California in August 2013.

    Jeh Johnson was nominated for Secretary

    in October 2013.

    0

    1

    Veterans Afairs, 1987

    Homeland Security, 2003

    LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AGENCIES

    1912

    1916

    1920

    1924

    1928

    1932

    1936

    1940

    1944

    1948

    1952

    1956

    1960

    1964

    1968

    1972

    1976

    1980

    1984

    1988

    1992

    1996

    2000

    2004

    2008

    2012

    Senate

    House of Representatives

    Number of Female Agency Heads

    Since Establishment*

    Department and Year Established

    0

    0

    1

    Architect of the Capitol, 1793

    Library of Congress, 1802

    Government Printing Ofce, 1860

    Two women have led the

    Copyright Ofce since 1994.

    3

    Copyright Ofce, 1897

    0

    Government Accountability Ofce, 1921

    2

    Alice Rivlin was the first Director of the

    Congressional Budget Ofce.

    Congressional Budget Ofce, 1975

    INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

    1912

    1916

    1920

    1924

    1928

    1932

    1936

    1940

    1944

    1948

    1952

    1956

    1960

    1964

    1968

    1972

    1976

    1980

    1984

    1988

    1992

    1996

    2000

    2004

    2008

    2012

    Number of Female Agency Heads

    Since Establishment*

    Department and Year Established

    0

    Postal Service, 1789

    If confirmed, Janet L. Yellen will

    head the Federal Reserve

    System beginning in 2014.

    Federal Reserve System, 1914

    0

    National Archives and Records Administration, 1934

    Social Security Administration, 1946

    General Services Administration, 1949

    Small Business Administration, 1953**

    0

    4

    2

    Carolyn Colvin is currently serving

    as Acting Commissioner of the

    Social Security Administration.

    4

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1958

    Environmental Protection Agency, 1970

    0

    5

    **The Small Business Administration was a cabinet-level

    agency under President Clinton. The agency was again

    elevated to the cabinet by President Obama in 2012.

    * Acting heads of agencies are

    not included in this graphic.

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    Sources: Wikipedia, http://go.usa.gov/WXVw, http://go.usa.gov/WXVQ,

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0774721.html, http://go.usa.gov/WXpx

    Publication date: November 2013

    Author: Jonathan Schwabish (@jschwabish)