12 Prominent Women of Obama's Presidency
President Barack Obama is said to be the most feminist president in American history.
Though this title speaks to his progressive stance on women's issues and ability to implement meaningful changes toward gender equality, the president's feminism is also reflected in the diversity of his administration – especially among the women.
Check out the gallery above to learn about 12 noteworthy women of Obama's presidency.
Janet Napolitano | Janet Napolitano was United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. According to Homeland Security, she became the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, where she was instrumental in creating the Public Safety Task Force and the Homeland Security Advisors Council. While in the White House, she was one of the most prominent voices on improving immigration.
Susan Rice | Susan Elizabeth Rice is the United States National Security Advisor. Rice presented Obama's latest National Security Strategy last February – the first update in five years – which outlined the president's priorities for the remainder of his term, and added climate change and gay rights to foreign policy agenda, according to Women in the World.
Heather Foster | Heather Foster is an advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Foster helped shape the White House response to a number of major events surrounding race. She worked with the African-American community who helped coordinate President Obama's response to the Charleston shooting, Ferguson, and the Baltimore riots, according to The Washington Post.
Eva Longoria | Actress and activist Eva Longoria is part of a select group of people advising President Barack Obama on what he should do after leaving office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She worked with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on an upcoming PBS documentary, "A Path Appears," to shed light on teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, and other problems facing women. According to TIME, in the documentary, Longoria uncovered some of the problems in the U.S. such as sex trafficking.
Kamala Harris | Kamala Harris is the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California. She was elected as the first female, African-American and South Asian of the position in the history of California. Dubbed the next "female Barack Obama," Harris' first-time win in 2010 was historic in that she was set to take over what is considered to be one of the more 'nontraditional' jobs as a woman. Photo Credit: Gary Friedman via Getty Images
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones| Daughter of prominent North Carolina politicians G.K. Butterfield Jr. and Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones joined the family business of politics. Butterfield-Jones joined Obama's team for his 2012 re-election campaign in which she served as the National Youth Director for Obama for America. Passionate about gender equality in media, Butterfield-Jones founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network — a global non-profit organization of women and men committed to upholding positive portrayal of woman in entertainment and beyond. Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin/BET via Getty Images
Hillary Clinton | Current 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton served as United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. She was the third woman to hold the position. Condoleeza Rice preceded Clinton in office. Among many of her firsts, Clinton is also the only former First Lady to be elected to office. Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images
Desirée Rogers | Rogers was selected by Barack Obama's administration in 2008 to serve as the White House Social Secretary. As a successful businesswomen, Rogers currently serves as the CEO of Johnson Publishing Company. In 2002, Rogers attended the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Power Program — a program designed for women senior executives in private sector that demonstrate public leadership. Photo Credit: Alex Wong via Getty Images
Valerie Jarrett | Valerie Jarrett serves as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. In addition to overseeing the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Jarrett serves as the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. An advocate for equality, Jarrett has helped push campaigns to end sexual assault and empower families through activism and education reform. Photo Credit: Pool via Getty Images
Sonia Sotomayor | Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009. She became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in United States History.
Loretta Lynch | Loretta Lynch is the Attorney General of the United States. She served on the prosecution team in the high-profile civil rights case of Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant who was sexually assaulted by uniformed police officers in a Brooklyn police precinct in 1997. Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Elena Kagan | Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and fourth female justice. She was the first female dean of her alma mater, Harvard Law School, and was the former Solicitor General in the Obama administration. Photo Credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images