The President-elect Donald Trump has officially appointed the first two women to his incoming administration.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as US envoy to the UN and Betsy DeVos as education secretary.
Both are former critics of Mr Trump, with Mrs Haley once saying she was “not a fan”, and Mrs DeVos branding the Manhattan tycoon an “interloper”.
Mr Trump’s presidential primary rival Ben Carson also hinted he would soon be named for a post.
“An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again,” Mr Carson wrote on Facebook.
Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was “seriously considering” Mr Carson for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Diplomats relieved – BBC’s Nick Bryant, at the UN
Eye-catching though her political career has been, little is known about Nikki Haley’s views on foreign affairs and the United Nations. Diplomats here have been Googling her to find out more. When her nomination was announced I was with a senior diplomat, who had expected President-elect Trump to downgrade the job of UN ambassador so that it was no longer a cabinet-level position.