President Obama's nomination of the qualified, prescient, and eminently deserving Janet Yellen as the chairman (chairwoman?) of the Federal Reserve yesterday will make her — if confirmed — the first woman in history to hold the position. It's far from the only D.C. office never to be occupied by a boss with two X chromosomes: Just seven women are currently serving among the Obama administration's 23 cabinet-level jobs, and only 45 women have held such spots in the history of the country. Economic and military positions, especially, have generally gone to men in government, even as similar ceilings crack across the workforce, and even after Bill Clinton appointed Madeleine Albright as secretary of State in 1997, making her the highest-ranking woman in the nation, ever.
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