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After an incredibly stressful election season, former President Doanld Trump (boy, does that feel good to say) has conceded to Joe Biden, and he will become the 46th President of the United States. With his incoming inauguration on January 20th, 2021, his presidency brings hope that an era of character and positive change will be ushered to the United States. Biden’s presidency has already brought different firsts into the White House (and no I am not just referring to the first  rescue dog in the White House, or being the first president from Delaware). Biden as of December 9th, 2020 has begun nominating his cabinet members– many of whom are the first women to fill that role. Here are five influential first women cabinet members in the White House. 

1. Janet Yellen- Treasury Secretary.

Janet Yellen is a Democrat and American economist who is currently a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Even though Yellen has been nominated to be the First female treasury secretary, she was also the first female to serve as the 15th chair of the Federal reserve. 

2. Avril Haines- Director of National Intelligence.

Avril Haines is an American Lawyer and government official from New York City. Along with being the first female Director of National Intelligence, she was also the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence under President Obama. 

3. Jennifer Psaki- White House Press Secretary

 Jennifer Psaki is a democrat and an American political officer from Connecticut. Although Psaki is not the first woman to hold this position, for the first time, the White House Press Secretary will lead an all female team. 

4.Neera Tanden- Director of the Office of Management and Budgeting 

Neera Tanden is a Democrat and American political consultant and former government official from Masssaschuestess. Once again, Tanden is not the first woman to hold this position, but she is the first woman of color to occupy this position. 

5. Katherine Tai- U.S. trade representative

Katherine Tai is a democrat and an American attorney who is currently serving as the chief trade counsel for the United States House Committee on Ways and Means. As of December 9th, 2020, Biden has nominated Tai to be U.S. trade representative, but her nomination is subject to senate approval.

It’s exciting to have women as cabinet members that are assisting the president. These influential women are bound to make moves!

Mary Ladely is currently a Freshman at the University of Delaware. She is a History and Political Science double major and plans to pursue law school in the future. Mary's interests include politics, literature, philosophy, and broadway.
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