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Janet Napolitano was the Democratic governor of Arizona (2003-2009) before becoming secretary of Homeland Security under Barack Obama (2009-2013).
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Thereafter, Janet Napolitano continued to work on counterterrorism, border security and making sure the country was prepared and ready to respond to any threat. She also continued to build upon the skills and resources of the young Department of Homeland Security, forging partnerships between the private sector and state, local and tribal governments to make the department better equipped to protect the nation.
In July 2013,
Napolitano announced that she would be stepping down from her post as secretary of Homeland Security in order to head the University of California system. It was reported that Napolitano would resign in September 2013, with Former U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, Transportation Security Administration Administrator John S. Pistole and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate among those named as Napolitano's potential successors.
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When the 19th Amendment was ratified, women were finally given the right to vote, and over the years many courageous women have stepped onto the national political stage as well. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress and almost a century later Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina woman to serve on the Supreme Court. And within the last two decades, the esteemable Hillary Clinton has served as First Lady, a New York senator and Secretary of State. These women, and many more, are setting the stage for the future of female leaders in Washington.
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