Obama Campaign Fixes Gender Balance

New female hires should help him reach out to Clinton voters
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2008 3:22 PM CDT
Senior Barack Obama campaign strategist Anita Dunn in her Washington office, Friday, May 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama's campaign has been getting more women on board at high levels, Politico reports. Female activists welcome the new hires, while campaign insiders say the "boy's club" image that dogged Obama's campaign during the primaries was never correct. Among the biggest names are Patti Solis Doyle, former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, and Stephanie Cutter, who worked with John Kerry.

"This campaign has gotten a bit of a bad rap, since the reality is, when the initial discussions were going on about whether he should run, there were women at the table," said senior strategist Anita Dunn. Obama now has more women in prominent campaign roles than John McCain—though it's close at 12 to 10—helping the candidate's effort to reach out to Clinton supporters.