Are Biden’s ‘first woman’ picks more patronizing than progress?

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the first woman to hold the second-highest office in the land, and President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominations and other staff picks include many “first women,” too.

He’s nominated Janet Yellen, who previously became the first woman Federal Reserve chair, to be the first woman treasury secretary. Avril Haines would be the first woman director of national intelligence. Michèle Flournoy, long anticipated but not yet confirmed as Biden’s pick for defense secretary, would be the first woman in that role. His senior communications staff are all women (women have filled top communications roles before, but not simultaneously), and some lesser-known positions, like chair of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, will go to women for the first time as well.



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