The Obama www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/white-house.htm#r_src=ramp" class="r_lapi">White House is a “hostile” environment for women even though they occupy many of the senior positions in the West Wing, according to a new book.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind interviewed more than 200 people, including www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/obama-administration/barack-obama.htm#r_src=ramp" class="r_lapi">President Obama, for "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and The Education of www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/17/book-obama-white-house-has-real-woman-problem/#" class="kLink">A President," which will be released Sept. 20.
The book portrays a White House in which Obama struggled with a divided group of advisers, some of whom he didn't initially consider for their high-profile roles. And top female advisers said they felt left out of key meetings or overpowered by their male counterparts.
“This place would be in court for a hostile workplace,” former White House communications director Anita Dunn is quoted as saying, according to the Washington Post, which obtained a copy. “Because it actually fits all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”
Dunn told the www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/17/book-obama-white-house-has-real-woman-problem/#" class="kLink">newspaper in an interview on Friday that she told Suskin “point blank” that the White House “was not a hostile environment.”
“The president is someone who when he goes home at night he goes home to a house full of very strong women,” she said. “He values having strong women around him.”
But a top female official blamed Obama for leading a boys’ club.
“The president has a real woman problem. The idea of the boys’ club being just Larry and Rahm isn’t fair,” she told Suskind, referring to former Chief of Staff www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/rahm-emanuel.htm#r_src=ramp" class="r_lapi">Rahm Emanuel and www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/obama-administration/lawrence-summers.htm#r_src=ramp" class="r_lapi">Larry Summers, former chairman of the National Economic Council. Obama “was just as responsible himself.”
www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/obama-administration/christina-romer.htm#r_src=ramp" class="r_lapi">Christina Romer, former head of the Council of Economic advisers, described one meeting for Suskind in which she was “boxed out” by Summers, the Washington Post reported.
“I felt like a piece of meat,” she said.
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