03/08/2013 06:45 pm ET

The Women Behind Obama's Presidency

In honor of International Women's Day, Huff Post acknowledges the powerful women behind President Barack Obama's presidency.

In a statement on Friday, Obama commemorated International Women's Day:

Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do. When women succeed, nations are more safe, more secure, and more prosperous. Over the last year, we’ve seen women and girls inspiring communities and entire countries to stand up for freedom and justice, and I’m proud of my Administration’s efforts to promote gender equality worldwide.

Here is a look at some of the women who have made Obama's job a little easier.