Elected President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign documents for new recount in Georgia GOP senator congratulates Biden says Trump must accept results Judge rejects Trump camp trial in Pennsylvania in harsh decision MORE faces pressure to lean heavily on women as he fills his cabinet. So far, he seems to be delivering.
Biden promised to emphasize diversity when building his team, and he has already selected women for a number of key positions.
The bite is called Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) As his vice president, a historic election that made her the first woman, the first black, and the first Indian American vice president to be elected.
Biden has also appointed women to serve as his White House adviser and deputy chief of staff.
Thirty-five percent of Biden-Harris’ senior transition staff are women and 52 percent of all transition staff are women, according to figures from the transition team. More than half of the 500 people who serve on Biden’s government team are women.
“As he did during the campaign for his transition, Joe Biden will be determined to find different voices to develop and implement his political vision to tackle our nation’s toughest challenges,” a Biden-Harris transitional official said in a statement to The Hill .
More women have fled to high-level national security positions. They include Avril Haines, a candidate for CIA director or director of national intelligence; Susan Rice, a candidate for Secretary of State; and Michele Flournoy, a favorite for Secretary of Defense.
Biden said in his victory speech that he wanted his administration to “look and behave like” America and signal that he would elevate women to powerful positions in the same way he did in his campaign.
“He did it with the appointment of Kamala Harris, and he makes that clear in who he chooses to be part of his transition,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.
“If the goal at the end of the day is to have an administration similar to America, it will only make the process easier to have a transition team that looks like that,” she added.
Many of the women in the mix for top jobs are considered for national security positions.
Flournoy served as deputy secretary of defense for politics during the Obama administration and also worked in the Pentagon during the Clinton years. If Biden chooses her, she would be the first woman to be the head of the Pentagon.
Haines served as deputy director general of the CIA and later as chief deputy national security adviser under Obama. She has taken a leave of absence from her position as deputy director of Columbia University’s Columbia World Projects and was among a handful of national security experts who briefed Biden Tuesday as the Trump administration continues to refuse to cooperate with his transition team on intelligence sharing and other matters.
Then there is Rice, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser under former President Obama. Rice was also considered a candidate to be vice president.
Rice was involved in brokerage business in the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Agreement, both of which withdrew, and Biden is expected to rejoin when he joins.
Jon Wolfsthal, the former senior director of arms control and non-proliferation in the National Security Council under the Obama administration, said many of the candidates for top roles benefit from having already worked with each other.
“They all know each other. They have been working together for many, many years. They are all experienced and respectful, ”Wolfsthal said, noting that it would be easy for them to develop a process once the new administration has taken hold.
A number of other women float to top roles.
Wendy Sherman, who served as Obama’s deputy secretary of political affairs, has been named a potential ambassador to the United Nations while previously acting U.S. Attorney General. Sally YatesSally Caroline Yates Merrick Garland on the list to be Biden’s attorney general: report McCabe defends Trump’s investigation before Senate committee: We had ‘many reasons’ why it’s time for a female cabinet with a majority MORE, which Trump fired 10 days into his administration for not signing his ban on travel from Muslim-majority nations, has been hoisted as a lawyer candidate.
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Biden has already appointed a number of women to senior roles in the White House, including his campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, who will serve as deputy chief of staff. Julie Rodriguez will serve as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Dana Remus is destined to serve as an advisor to the White House, and Annie Tomasini will serve as Director of Oval Office Operations.
On Friday, the transition team announced that Louisa Terrell will serve as director of the White House Office of Legislature, while Cathy Russell will work as director of the president’s staff.
“This will be a refreshing change to see women at the table, see women in color and colored people who will be part of the decision-making process that will shape policy every step of the way,” Walsh said.
The number of women appointed to senior roles in the Biden administration is expected to increase from the Trump administration, with white men making up the majority of senior roles.
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Trump’s White House has had a large number of women in senior positions, including two of his biggest communications aides, Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah; his domestic policy adviser Brooke Rollins; his senior adviser Hope HicksHope Charlotte Hicks President says Trump Jr. doing ‘very well’ after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 Giuliani’s son, a White House staffer, tests positive for coronavirus MORE; and his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpNew York expands Trump’s tax fraud investigations to include depreciation: report Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate runs in North Carolina: report Republicans need a good woman in 2024 MORE. Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth Conway Lara Trump Considers 2022 Senate Runs in North Carolina: Report Press: Where’s Jim Baker When We Need Him? Lack of influence means it’s time to fire the Lincoln project MORE, who was Trump’s third campaign manager in 2016 and the first woman to successfully run a U.S. presidential campaign, also worked as a senior adviser to the White House before leaving this summer.
Thirty percent of Obama’s first term cabinet was women, while his second election cabinet was 35 percent women, according to CAWP data. 32 percent of former President Clinton’s first term consisted of women, and that number jumped to 41 percent in his second term.
26 percent of Trump’s cabinet consists of women, which is slightly more than former President George W. Bush’s administration, where 19 percent of the cabinet consisted of women in his first term and 24 percent in his second term.
Biden’s number of female appointments only adds to the growing number of women holding powerful positions in Washington, with a record number of female legislators elected to the subject in the recent election.
“Every time there is a woman in these high-level leadership positions, she sends a message to girls, young women and women across the country that they can do the same,” Walsh said.