Women's caucus honors Schaefer for naming female Cabinet officers

April 26, 1991

Maryland's William Donald Schaefer was cited by the Nationa Women's Political Caucus yesterday as the governor naming the highest percentage of women to his Cabinet.

The group's annual survey found that Governor Schaefer had named seven women to his 17-member Cabinet, or 41.2 percent. Washington Gov. Booth Gardner came in second with 33.3 percent and Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson was third with 31.9 percent, according to the survey.

Caucus officials said they were aware when compiling the lists that two women appointed by Mr. Schaefer -- Linda D'Amario Rossi and Adele A. Wilzack -- were resigning but were unaware that a man had since replaced Ms. Wilzack.

Nancy Grasmick succeeded Ms. Rossi as Juvenile Services secretary, and Nelson Sabatini took over as acting secretary at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

"These governors are doing the fair thing and smart thing by ensuring that their key policy-making body begins to reflect the total population of their states," said caucus President Sharon Rodine. "By including women, they are providing for the very best in leadership for their states today and tomorrow."

At a caucus news conference in Washington, Mr. Schaefer said, "I pick the best person for important jobs, and in many cases, the best candidate is a woman.

"We shouldn't think about a person's sex, or their skin color for that matter, when it comes to doing a good job," the governor said.

The caucus gave Mr. Schaefer first place last year, too.

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