As always, Black women are coming through to shake things up for the better. This week, more than 1,000 influential Black women have signed a letter encouraging President-Elect Joe Biden to nominate and appoint more Black women to his cabinet. The group includes powerful leaders from across business, entertainment and political sectors. Both President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are set to meet with the NAACP on Tuesday to discuss the matter along with a number of other issues involving the Black community.
"It is long past time that the effective, accomplished leadership of Black women currently serving in areas of significant policy that impacts our nation are recognized and given full consideration for the statutory positions in your administration's Cabinet," the letter states.
The pressure continues to mount around the Biden team. Through the election process, it became clear that Black women across the country ranging from Stacey Abrams in Georgia to Emgage Action in Michigan swayed the race towards the former Vice President. Now, those Black women expect to be included in the administration moving forward.
"Just as Black women and Black Americans were key to your election in November, we are key to the success of your Administration and the implementation of your vision. Our community must see ourselves reflected in key leadership positions in recognition of our importance," the letter adds.
Most notably, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Symone Sanders will serve in senior roles, but that is just the start. The letter specifically notes Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms, Anita Hill, Rep. Marcia Fudge and others as possible appointees.
"We are hopeful that the President-elect and the Vice President-elect will continue this trajectory by appointing Black women to head statutory cabinet agencies, where they will have the budgets, the personnel and the policymaking authority to affect real change in the lives of the American people," Bishop Leah Daughtry stated.
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