More women, of different ethnicities and more people of color: the new American cabinet headed by Joe Biden will be more diverse than ever. The makeup of the cabinet is very similar to former President Trump’s team.
Biden carefully chose gender, origin and experience. Already in his victory speech on November 7, he declared that his cabinet would be “the most diverse in history”.
The President also took this into account when selecting staff members. More than half of them are women. In fact, the new president’s communications department is run entirely by women. Not without importance, the first step Biden took towards more diversity was choosing to have Kamala Harris by his side: the US first vice president, with an Indian mother and a Jamaican father.
A look at a number of new ministers under Biden:
Minister of Home Affairs
Deb Haaland (60) becomes Prime Minister of the Interior of indigenous origin. Haaland is part of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. Until recently, she was a member of the House of Representatives.
In the United States, the Home Secretary controls the federal states, national parks and Native American affairs. As minister, Haaland must also contribute to Biden’s green agenda. Tribal leaders and Progressive Democrats lobbied for Haaland in the weeks leading up to the nomination.
According to CNN she was chosen in part because she “fought for all Americans throughout her career, including tribes, rural and colorful communities.”