Hillary Clinton indicated on Monday that if she is elected president she will have a cabinet that is at least 50 percent female.
During a town hall event hosted by MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow asked the Democratic front-runner about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise — which he has fulfilled since taking office — of appointing an equal number of men and women to his cabinet.
“Would you make that same pledge?” Maddow asked Clinton.
“Well, I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?” Clinton responded.
“So that’s a yes?” Maddow asked.
Clinton did not respond to the follow-up but nodded her head emphatically.
Clinton’s near-pledge of a gender-balanced cabinet on Monday goes a bit farther than her comments during an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine earlier this month.
“That is certainly my goal,” she said then. “A very diverse cabinet representing the talents and experience of the entire country. And since we are a 50-50 country, I would aim to have a 50-50 cabinet.”