US President-elect Joe Biden has announced that his senior press team will be made up entirely of women. The team led by Kate Bedingfield under Biden will be the first all-women press team in the country’s history.
Bedingfield was the Communications Director of Biden’s Presidential campaign and will be joined by President Barack Obama’s White House communications director, Jen Psaki, who will be press secretary. Symone Sanders and Ashley Etienne will be the top press aides to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. In his statement about their appointments, Biden made clear that he intends to appoint a diverse cabinet that reflects the American population.
“I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women,” Mr Biden said, as reported by BBC.
“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”
The appointment of his press team, unlike cabinet positions, do not require Senate confirmation. The announcement follows several appointments that have been unveiled by Biden since winning the presidential election.
While Biden’s administration will boast about this historic appointment, it won’t go far enough to please the progressive arm of the Democratic Party, which is calling for real structural change, rather than symbolic appointments that merely change the facade of the neoliberal ideology practiced under Barrack Obama and Biden, which resulted in the election of Donald Trump four years ago. Just because Biden has appointed an all-women press team doesn’t necessarily mean that he will make the policy decisions that would empower women of all races, creeds and economic statuses around the United States.