'How come you've got so many women?'-- Unnamed Russian generals this past spring, quoted in a Washington Post article entitled In nuclear negotiations, more women at the table for U.S. Prompting the reaction, according to the Post's by Mary Beth Sheridan, was the "array of American women" at a disarmament negotiating table: chief negotiator Rose Gottemoeller (right), Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation; Gottemoeller's Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Marcie Berman Ries; and 2 scientists. Several other women are cited as shapers of U.S. policy, including: Ellen O. Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; Michèle A. Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and, of course, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On concluding the list, however, Sheridan discussed this caveat:
Despite their advances, American women are still nowhere near equality in terms of their share of senior national security jobs.