In a welcome move, US President-elect Joe Biden has revealed an all-female team to head the White House communications office.
While this is a first, Biden has also announced women candidates to other key positions in his incoming administration. He is expected to nominate Indian-American Neera Tanden as the budget director while Cecilia Rouse will be nominated as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. Janet Yellen has already been picked as treasury secretary and the all-female White House press team will be led by Kate Bedingfield with Jen Psaki as the press secretary.
Coming after Kamala Harris was elected as the first woman vice-president of the US, the women nominations in Team Biden mark a big step for women’s empowerment. After all, these highly qualified nominees will be working with the most powerful and visible political office in the world. And this is bound to inspire more girls and women to aim for top office not only in the US but all over the world. That in turn will have a salutary effect on society and business as a whole where women continue to face several glass ceilings.
After all, women in high office can drive policies for a gender equal society. But more importantly, by working with their male colleagues they can encourage the latter to put a gender lens on policy making to the benefit of everyone. It is only when women and men work together as equal partners in all sectors that societies and economies can realise their full potential by unlocking the full breadth of the available talent pool. And given the challenges that the world faces today from the Covid pandemic to climate change, we need to remove any hurdles women face in contributing to society. Here’s wishing more power to the women in Team Biden.