The incoming Biden administration “broke barriers” on Sunday when they announced an all-female White House senior communications team.
"I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better," President-elect Joe Biden said in a statement.
The news was warmly welcomed by many across social media, praising the decision to hire all women as “awesome” and “incredible”.
“The future is female for the White House comms team!” one person wrote. “As a young female just starting out on my comms career journey, I cannot explain how cool this is to see,” another person said.
Kamala Harris, who will soon make history as America’s first female vice president, described the team as "experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering”.
The team will consist of Jen Psaki as the press secretary, Kate Bedingfield as the White House communications director, Pili Tobar as the deputy. Karine Jean-Pierre will serve as principal deputy press secretary.
Symone Sanders, who initially worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign, will serve as a senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president. Ashley Etienne will also work for the vice president. Elizabeth Alexander will serve as communications director for first lady Jill Biden.
In a highly male-dominated field, the announcement proves to be “groundbreaking” for many. The news, however, did spark some debate about whether the “girl boss” decision was enough to move away from the Trump administration’s highly conservative agenda.
“excuse me, i’m speaking. no you cannot have healthcare,” Brandy Jenson wrote sarcastically, seemingly referencing a lack of commitment to Medicare for All from centrist democrats.
“Excuse me, I'm speaking. Joe Biden will NOT ban fracking,” another person joked.
Kayleigh Mcenany, the current press secretary responded critically to the news, saying that Donald Trump also has an all-female press team and the “fake news” refuses to cover it. This appears, however, to be false.
Whatever you may think of the news, one thing’s for sure – almost gone are the days of convoluted press briefings of dodging questions, attacking reporters, and pontificating about “fake news”. As one person wrote: “Will be the strangest press briefings: 1) Question 2) Answer.”