The Senate final week confirmed Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio to change into Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Michael S. Regan to guide the Environmental Protection Agency
This yr’s Women’s History Month sees our nation shifting ahead and together with girls in any respect ranges of authority, together with Kamala Harris as our Vice President. Other extraordinary girls have been nominated for cabinet and sub-cabinet positions by President Biden.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), former Congressional Black Caucus chair, has been nominated to change into the second Black girl Secretary of Housing and Urban Development following Patricia Roberts Harris. Isabel Guzman has been nominated to guide the Small Business Administration at a crucial time when companies led by girls and individuals of coloration have been disproportionally damage by the pandemic.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), one of the primary two Native American girls elected to Congress, is President Biden’s nominee to guide the Interior Department. She could be the primary Native American cabinet secretary to supervise the division that features the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Dr. Cecilia Rouse has been confirmed as the primary African American Council of Economic Advisers chair.
Katherine Tai, nominated to change into U.S. Trade Representative, could be the primary Asian American and girl of coloration in that position. And Linda Thomas-Greenfield has been confirmed because the second Black girl U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, following Susan Rice, who now directs the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Other enormous glass ceilings shattered embody Avril Haines changing into the primary girl director of National Intelligence and Dr. Janet Yellen, our first girl Federal Reserve chair, who has now change into our first girl treasury secretary. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, the primary girls governors of their states, are secretaries of Energy and Commerce. And for the primary time, girls represent your complete White House senior communications group. President Biden additionally has created a White House Gender Policy Council to assist coordinate coverage impacting girls and women and carry our nation nearer to full gender equality and inclusion.
Gender illustration is just not the one method the brand new administration is shifting ahead. Gen. Lloyd Austin is the primary Black secretary of protection; California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra could be the primary Latino to guide the Department of Health and Human Services; Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is the primary overtly homosexual cabinet member; Dr. Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s first Latino training commissioner, who grew up talking Spanish as a first language in his Puerto Rican household, is now the secretary of training; Alejandro Mayorkas, whose household fled Romania and the Nazis throughout World War II and then Havana after the Cuban Revolution, is our first Latino and first immigrant to guide the Department of Homeland Security; and Michael S. Regan could be the primary Black man and second African American to guide the Environmental Protection Agency. Other federal nominees embody Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, the primary overtly transgender particular person nominated for a excessive federal place.
It’s arduous to be what you possibly can’t see and our youngsters haven’t all the time seen authorities leaders on the highest ranges who appear like them and come from related backgrounds and share related experiences and who’re in a position to make honest selections reflecting our numerous inhabitants. This is the sort of illustration all of us want and deserve.
Marian Wright Edelman is the Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund