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60 percent of White House staff are women, over 40 percent people of color

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US President Joe Biden(L) holds a briefing on wildfires ahead of the wildfire season with cabinet members, government officials, as well as governors of several western states, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, June 30, 2021.  SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Story at a glance

  • A report presented to Congress shows 44 percent of Biden personnel are from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds and 60 percent are women.
  • The gender pay gap remains, but is smaller than seen in the previous two administrations.

A new report profiling White House staff reveals 60 percent of appointees are women and 44 percent represent racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The report, released Thursday, was delivered to Congress, reported Reuters, and includes the titles, names, and salaries of all of the president’s political appointees. The recent figures indicate Biden’s staff is the most diverse administration in U.S. history.

“President Biden’s Cabinet reflects his pledge to appoint leaders of government agencies that reflect the country they aim to serve,” the White House website reads

Some of the historic appointees currently serving include Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge  and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, among others.

The personnel report also noted that the pay gap between men and women in Biden’s administration is just below one percent, with women earning $93,752 on average while men earn $94,639 on average. By comparison, the Trump administration had about a 20 percent gender pay gap and the Obama administration reported  an 11 percent gender pay gap by his final year in office.


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