Women Who Have Served in the Cabinet - Alphabetical Order

Women in the Executive Branch of the US Government

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These thirty women have an unusual distinction: they are the only women who have been US cabinet members, official advisors to the president.  The first woman was appointed to a US cabinet position in 1933, and of all US cabinets in history, about 5% have been women. The first was appointed in 1933.  Both Democratic and Republican presidents have appointed women to these high offices, and their politics, styles and backgrounds are quite varied.

  Meet the women who’ve been US cabinet officials:

Secretary

Position

Served From

Served To

Administration

Madeleine Albright

Secretary of State

January 23, 1997

January 20, 2001

Bill Clinton

Rebecca Blank

Secretary of Commerce: Acting

August 1, 2011

October 21, 2011

Barack Obama

June 11, 2012

June 1, 2013

Barack Obama

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Secretary of Health and Human Services

June 9, 2014

January 20, 2017

Barack Obama

Elaine Chao

Secretary of Labor

January 20, 2001

January 20, 2009

George W. Bush

Secretary of Transportation

January 31, 2017

Incumbent

Donald Trump

Maria Cino

Secretary of Transportation : Acting

July 7, 2006

September 30, 2006

George W. Bush

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

January 21, 2009

February 1, 2013

Barack Obama

Elisabeth Dee "Betsy" DeVos

Secretary of Education

February 7, 2017

Incumbent

Donald Trump

Elizabeth Dole

Secretary of Transportation

February 7, 1983

September 30, 1987

Ronald Reagan

Secretary of Labor

January 25, 1989

November 23, 1990

George H. W. Bush

Barbara Hackman Franklin

Secretary of Commerce

February 27, 1992

January 20, 1993

George H. W. Bush

Patricia Roberts Harris

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

January 23, 1977

September 10, 1979

Jimmy Carter

Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

August 3, 1979

May 4, 1980

Jimmy Carter

Secretary of Health and Human Services

May 4, 1980

January 20, 1981

Jimmy Carter

Margaret Heckler

Secretary of Health and Human Services

March 9, 1983

December 13, 1985

Ronald Reagan

Alexis Herman

Secretary of Labor

May 1, 1997

January 20, 2001

Bill Clinton

Carla Anderson Hills

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

March 10, 1975

January 20, 1977

Gerald Ford

Oveta Culp Hobby

Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

April 11, 1953

July 13, 1955

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Shirley Hufstedler

Secretary of Education

November 30, 1979

January 20, 1981

Jimmy Carter

Sally Jewell

Secretary of the Interior

April 12, 2013

January 20, 2017

Barack Obama

Juanita M. Kreps

Secretary of Commerce

January 23, 1977

October 31, 1979

Jimmy Carter

Loretta Lynch

Attorney General

April 27, 2015

January 20, 2017

Barack Obama

Ann Dore McLaughlin

Secretary of Labor

December 17, 1987

January 20, 1989

Ronald Reagan

Janet Napolitano

Secretary of Homeland Security

January 21, 2009

September 6, 2013

Barack Obama

Gale Norton

Secretary of the Interior

January 31, 2001

March 31, 2006

George W. Bush

Hazel R. O'Leary

Secretary of Energy

January 22, 1993

January 20, 1997

Bill Clinton

Frances Perkins

Secretary of Labor

March 4, 1933

June 30, 1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Mary Peters

Secretary of Transportation

October 17, 2006

January 20, 2009

George W. Bush

Penny Pritzker

Secretary of Commerce

June 26, 2013

January 20, 2017

Barack Obama

Janet Reno

Attorney General

March 11, 1993

January 20, 2001

Bill Clinton

Condoleezza Rice

Secretary of State

January 26, 2005

January 20, 2009

George W. Bush

Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Health and Human Services

April 28, 2009

June 9, 2014

Barack Obama

Donna Shalala

Secretary of Health and Human Services

January 22, 1993

January 20, 2001

Bill Clinton

Hilda Solis

Secretary of Labor

February 24, 2009

January 22, 2013

Barack Obama

Margaret Spellings

Secretary of Education

January 20, 2005

January 20, 2009

George W. Bush

Ann Veneman

Secretary of Agriculture

January 20, 2001

January 20, 2005

George W. Bush