In the end, she says, it’s not just about percentages of women, or of racial or ethnic minorities. It’s about fresh perspective and people who can raise counter arguments. “Diversity is not just a one-dimensional issue,” she writes. “Those critiquing the president—especially given his close inner circle—should be just as concerned about the backgrounds of the people on his team as they are about the makeup of their gender.”

 

Jennifer Vanasco is a is a news editor at WNYC and the former editor in chief of MTV Network's LGBT news site 365gay.com. She writes about social minorities, national politics, and culture. Her award-winning newspaper column on gay and women's issues ran for 15 years.