Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' all female comms team expected to amplify women's voices in media

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the stage at the Chase Center to address the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/ Getty Images
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the stage at the Chase Center to address the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/ Getty Images

This new development is labelled by Biden's office as a first for American politics.

According to various news platforms, it is the first time that all top advisers responsible for speaking on behalf of an administration will be female.

As reported by the Washington Post, the all-female team will change how journalists cover the administration, given that men's voices usually lead political and government news coverage.

"The odds are very high that if it's a story about the Biden administration, any aspect of it, at least one quote in the story will be from a woman," says Anita Dunn, a senior Biden campaign adviser.

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Among those appointed is Jennifer Psaki, a longtime Democratic spokeswoman, who will be the White House press secretary. Psaki has held several senior titles, one of which was White House communications director for the Barack Obama-Biden administration.

Other appointees include Ashley Etienne, Symone Sanders, Pili Tobar, Karine Jean Pierre and Elizabeth Alexander.

Etienne will work as communications director for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, with Sanders named as Harris's senior advisor and chief spokeswoman.

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Tobar was awarded the position of deputy White House communications director, and Jean Pierre will act as principal deputy press secretary.

Elizabeth Alexander will take on the role of communications director for incoming First Lady, Jill Biden.

"These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better," Biden said in a statement.

As reported by the New York Times, Biden also intends to name Neera Tanden, an Indian-American woman, as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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SOURCES:  Washington PostNew York Times, The Guardian, IOL

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