Biden’s Communication Team


Jen Psaki at ‘The Obama Legacy’ panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California. President-elect Joe Biden has built a senior communications team composed entirely of women, including Psaki to be the face of the administration as White House press secretary. (Joshua Blanchard / Getty Images for Politicon / TNS)

Kevin Aharrah, Print Staff

   For what appears to be the first time in history, President-elect Joe Biden’s communication team is entirely made up of women.  This good news represents another step forward for equality between males and females, and it comes during a year already made eventful due to COVID-19 and other factors.

   The staff on this communication team is made up of spokespeople for the executive office and other government bodies, all holding a variety of prestigious roles.  The members of this cabinet include White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Ashley Etienne and Symone Sanders, advisors and spokespeople for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, communications director Kate Bedingfield, and Karine Jean-Pierre, Pili Tobar and Elizabeth Alexander.

   “Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a president, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden said.

   It’s beneficial that women are increasingly being granted leadership positions, but in addition, those that are being selected for these positions are experienced from previous administrations: they weren’t selected based solely on the fact that they are women.  Psaki served as the White House communications director during Barack Obama’s presidency, while Bedingfield was the communication director during Biden’s vice-presidency in the same time period.

   Ultimately, this addition of several female members to Biden’s cabinet represents our shifting attitudes towards women in positions of power.  This decision by the U.S. national government sets a standard for the rest of the country to follow, one that promotes gender equality throughout society.  It’s a step forward in the right direction, and not only on a larger scale, but also within Lake Central and the surrounding area.  Gender equality is something that will continue to grow within our community and transform our society in the years to come.