HOSTILITIES

Is the White House Sexist?

The Obama White House is no place for a woman, at least according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ron Suskind that's grabbing headlines this week. In addition to some supposedly vicious disputes between the president’s economic advisers, Suskind paints a picture of a male-dominated environment, hostile to the opinions of its female members. The book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, includes a quote from former White House communications director Anita Dunn: “This place would be in court for a hostile workplace. Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”