Clinton has appointed his close aide, Alexis Herman, to become the Secretary of the Department of Labor. Herman has previously served as the Director of the Women’s Bureau in President Carter’s Labor Department and has served as the vice-chair for the Democratic National Committee. She has most recently served as the White House public liaison, where she enjoys a close working relationship with the president.
This appointment brings Clinton’s overall appointment of women number to eight, larger than any previous administration. Other female appointments include: Janet Reno, Attorney General; Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State; Donna Shalala, Department of Health and Human Service; Janet Yellen, Chief Economic Advisor; Carol Browner, Environmental Protection Agency; Aida Alvarez, Small Business Administration and Charlene Borshefsky to U.S. Trade Representative.