Obama Likely to Choose Between Economists Summers and Yellen to Lead Federal Reserve
As the competition heats up for the Federal Reserve leadership position, President Obama may take some heat if he ends up choosing one of the leading possibilities.
Right now, frontrunners for the job include economists Larry Summers and Janet Yellen. Although both candidates have strong backgrounds in their fields, hail from Ivy League schools and lean left, the Washington Post is predicting that Summers will replace Ben Bernanke as chairmen. But, if he's picked, controversy may stir — especially with women.
In 2005 during a conference speech, Summers suggested that fewer women are in science related fields because men and women have different capabilities for intelligence:
Wouldn't you guess that the speech was at the center of some heated criticism.
Although Summers has since apologized and believes his remarks were taken out of context, feminists aren't forgiving. In a statement to HuffPo, co-founder of feminist group UtraViolet Shaunna Thomas said:
Although the Washington Post is calling Summers, Slate thinks Yellen is the best choice. If Obama chooses Yellen, she'll be the first woman in charge of the federal reserve. Oh, the irony for Summers.