The USA president-elect Joe Biden has announced an all female media team to be part of his White House cabinet. The move comes as a pleasant surprise and counter to the male dominated teams of the past. The senior communications team will be led by campaigns communication director Kate Bedingfield, supported by Jen Psaki as his press secretary. The female-centric cabinet is a second historic moment in the history of the White House, and for Biden himself, who made history alongside Kamala Harris who he chose as is Vice President – the first time the position has been held by a woman and a person of colour.
A historic moment
In a statement released by the president-elect he described how he was “proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women.” With reference to several of the women being women of colour he went on to note that “These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better”. The team of seven will be made up by Kate Bedingfield as communication director, Jen Psaki as press secretary, Karine Jean Pierre as principal deputy press secretary, Pili Tobar as deputy White House communications director, Symone Sanders as senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president, Ashley Etienne as communications director for the vice president, and Elizabeth Alexander as communications director for first lady Jill Biden.
A return to the old or the shape of the new?
The news comes following a dramatic four-year term from President Trump who controversially used his own @realDonaldTrump Twitter account throughout his presidency. Biden is expected to return to more traditional methods of communication with the public, although his choice of staff suggests an openness to change and desire to envision a new future of America through fresh perspectives from his more diverse cabinet.