“It’s very disappointing. You can’t say unexpected but very disappointing that the president is content to build a boy’s club in the White House in many areas,” Amy Siskind, head of The New Agenda, said Friday after the president named Goolsbee to the job.

“The problem with the president insulating himself with the old boys around him is that he is really not getting information about how people are struggling, how women are struggling,” Terry O’Neill, head of NOW, said earlier last week.