Biden has about 69% COVID-19 Non-White Advisory Board Members, compared to Trump’s 15% and about 38% Female, compared to Trump’s 7%.
Washington, D.C., December 23, 2020: Our recent demographic analysis demonstrates that people of color and women continue to be underrepresented in the federal government’s pandemic decision making bodies.
Before the pandemic, women made up the majority of the workforce, but 60 percent of jobs lost in the first wave of the pandemic belonged to women. In addition to significant job losses, women are at the forefront of fighting the pandemic, representing 80% percent of healthcare workers. However, women’s health is often overlooked due to the lack of representation in the decision-making groups.
The pandemic did not create structural inequalities, but it exacerbated the issues that many communities of color have faced for years; particularly when it comes to better and more affordable access to healthcare.
So far, the federal government’s COVID-19 task forces show a significant lack of diverse representation by both the executive and legislative branches. Major findings and notable data-points from the demographic analysis include:
- The White House Coronavirus Task Force is comprised of only 9 percent women (2 of 22)
- The Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups (meant to advise the the White House on reopening the economy) are only 9.5 percent women (21 of 220)
- The White House Opportunity & Revitalization Council has only 13.04 percent women (3 of 23)
- The Bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis is 33.3 percent women (4 of 12)
Joe Biden has been taking diversity, equity, and inclusion more seriously than his predecessor, but there is still work to be done. The full breakdown of the racial and gender composition for Biden and Trump’s COVID-19 Advisory Boards are on our website.
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