It’s hard to believe we are already four months into the Biden-Harris administration. Friday, April 30 will mark President Biden’s 100th full-day in office. While the date itself may not be significant to most, for many years the first 100 days of a new administration has served as a litmus test for presidents.
President Biden will be judged on a number of promises and commitments he made to voters. Everything from the COVID-19 pandemic to immigration to the economy to reproductive health, rights, and justice. It starts at the top. Having the right leadership in place is key to successfully moving the country forward and re-instilling confidence in our government.
Many have touted Biden’s cabinet as one of the most diverse in the country’s history, even more than Presidents Obama and Clinton. In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda along with more than 100 other reproductive health, rights and justice organizations worked very hard to ensure that the Biden Administration placed qualified, diverse applicants from across the country into key leadership positions within the Administration.
We fought to ensure that these candidates received fair hearings for their nominations in the U.S. Senate. By our count, the Biden administration is staffed with at least 30 women of color high level appointees across agencies and the White House including Susan Rice, Chief of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; Secretary of the Interior Rep. Deb Haaland; Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rep. Marcia Fudge; Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young; and Vanita Gupta, U.S. Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ). These women are all prepared to move our democracy forward in ways that will help women and their families thrive.
As Black women, we celebrate their successes while also recognizing that more work needs to be done. Another highly qualified Black woman, Kristen Clarke has not received a vote for her confirmation for assistant attorney general for civil rights at DOJ. Please use your voice to take action by sending a note to your U.S. Senator demanding that she be confirmed. We are prepared for the long haul because dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy will take more than 100 days.
President & CEO
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda