by Igor Bobic

A conservative women's group called into question President Obama's pick to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, claiming the nomination was "tainted" by gender-based accusations.

"Unfortunately President Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White is tainted with the question of whether it was done to satisfy liberal feminists, or because she’s really qualified for the job," said Sabrina Schaffer, executive director of the Independent Women's Forum. "Women shouldn’t be used as tokens to satisfy an obsession over gender parity coming from the left. Ultimately ideas and policy prescriptions should trump gender."

"We applaud Ms. White for her achievements, but I hope the president doesn’t consider such a narrow lens as gender sufficient for nominations," she added.