The White House Will Have an All-Women Communications Team. The Rest of the World Should Listen


The White House Will Have an All-Women Communications Team. The Rest of the World Should Listen

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

In a first for the United States of America, US President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday announced an all-female senior White House communications team. Jen Psaki, who held a number of serious positions in the Obama administration, will serve as the White House press secretary.

“I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” Biden said in a statement.

Vice-president elect Kamala Harris also expressed her belief in the group. “Our country is facing unprecedented challenges and to overcome them we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people. This experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team will do just that,” she stated.

Through a series of tweets, Jen Psaki expressed her honour at the opportunity presented. “Honored to work again for Joe Biden, a man I worked on behalf of during the Obama-Biden Admin as he helped lead the economic recovery, rebuilt our relationships with partners (turns out good practice) and injected empathy and humanity into nearly every meeting I sat in,” she tweeted.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have emphasised on diversity in their appointments and nominations so far. Apart from Psaki, there were six other appointments announced. Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, was announced as White House communications director.

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne as communications director for Harris and Symone Sanders as Harris’ senior advisor and chief spokeswoman. Pili Tobar was named deputy White House communications director and Karine Jean Pierre will be principal deputy press secretary. Elizabeth Alexander was named communications director for incoming First Lady Jill Biden.

The move has been cheered as revolutionary on social media, who congratulated the amazing women and wished them the best for the job ahead.

The increasing representation of women in politics and positions of power in the United States of America is a wonderful trend, and one that must be replicated all over the world.