The 19th: Women are at the table: Biden nominates a record number of women for his Cabinet

Washington, D.C., January 23, 2020: In a The 19th article, Reporting Fellow Alexa Mikhail interviews Inclusive America Co-Founder Mark Hanis, and features our data analysis of the cabinet over the last four administrations to emphasize the record number of women nominated to Cabinet position. Hanis commends the Biden Administration for their efforts, but emphasizes that the work is “still not finished.”

“We’re excited that [Biden is] breaking glass ceilings, but he’s got to do it at every level,” said Mark Hanis, the co-founder of Inclusive America, stating that further change is needed to fully represent the U.S. population in government. While being a “first” is a historic feat, it does not necessarily create a pipeline for others who share the same identity, Hanis said. 

It’s not just those who are in front of the cameras or in front of microphones. There’s a lot of other levels of government that we want to make sure that that same commitment is as aggressively pursued,” Hanis said. 

The voices of women and people of color, who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, will now be represented on the top level of government to target the most vulnerable communities during the pandemic. Hanis said this level of representation will directly impact policymaking when it comes to health care.  “

Inclusive America will continue to advocate for diverse representation at all levels, and in doing so, push for more inclusive and equitable policies.

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