President-elect Joe Biden declared during his election campaign that he would assemble various employees in his administration. After selecting and winning a black woman as his fellow campaigner, Senator Kamala Harris, he added two more black women to his administration: Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US Ambassador to the United Nations and Cecilia Rouse as Chair of the Council of economic advisor. While filling roles, he keeps his word by already having various employees before he takes office. However, some people say the next president needs to do more.
According to CNN, more than 1,000 influential black women have signed an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris to make even bigger additions by adding more black women to Biden's cabinet.
An excerpt from the letter:
“Again, black voters, and especially black women, were the key to your victory in November. As we know, 91% of black women voted for your historic ticket and black women were at the forefront of that election. Black women continue to lead the way in promoting turnout in the Georgia Senate runoff elections, which will affect this administration's ability to advance its agenda and critical affirmations. We have put our trust in your vision to lead America into a brave future. As we leave behind the last four years of division, racism and hatred.
We welcome and celebrate the selection of Linda Greenfield as US Ambassador to the United Nations and Cecilia Rouse as Head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Both women are highly qualified leaders who use integrity, wisdom, and deep dedication to serve the American people in their roles. We are also delighted to see the talented black women named in various key roles in the White House. "
#WinWithBlackWomen is a network of more than 1,200 black women. It was originally founded in August 2020 to speak out against the sexist language that was being spread across several of the black women considered by Biden as his vice president. They had written a letter to Biden urging him to choose a black woman as his runmate.