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Women of the White House—PICTURES

September 20, 2011

In Ron Suskind's new book, Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President, one female senior aide said the White House is a difficult workplace for women. “This place would be in court for a hostile workplace,” former White House communications director Anita Dunn is quoted as saying, according to The Washington Post.

For its part, the White House has pushed back against what it has called inaccuracies in the book, but senior adviser Valerie Jarrett confirmed the view that there were tensions. Here's a closer look at prominent female White House staffers:

Samantha Power, the special assistant to the President who runs the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, is a public policy professor at Harvard and the founding director of the unversity's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.--PHOTO: CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP(PHOTO: CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)


Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president. She is also the chairwoman of the White House Council on Women and Girls.--PHOTO: CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP(PHOTO: CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)


Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality--PHOTO: PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP(PHOTO: PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP)

Nancy-Ann DeParle is Assistant to the President and is also the deputy chief of staff.-- PHOTO: RICHARD A. BLOOM(PHOTO: RICHARD A. BLOOM)

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services--PHOTO: CAROLYN KASTER/AP(PHOTO: CAROLYN KASTER/AP)


Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security--PHOTO: RICHARD A. BLOOM(PHOTO: RICHARD A. BLOOM)

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency--PHOTO: LIZ LYNCH(PHOTO: LIZ LYNCH)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice--PHOTO: PETE MULLER/AP(PHOTO: PETE MULLER/AP)


Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council director--PHOTO: RICHARD A. BLOOM(RICHARD A. BLOOM)

Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Policy Heather Zichal, pictured here with Energy Secretary Steven Chu--PHOTO: PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP(PHOTO: PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP)

Rebecca Blank, undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs--PHOTO: CHET SUSSLIN(CHET SUSSLIN)


Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary of State --PHOTO: CHET SUSSLIN(Chet Susslin)

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