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Record number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet

Record number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet
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A record number of women are slated to serve in President Biden’s Cabinet, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). 

A tally by the political unit, which operates out of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, shows that 12 women are slated to serve in Cabinet-level positions in the new administration — the highest number in American history.

Eleven of the 12 women set to serve in the Cabinet, which includes Vice President Harris, are still awaiting confirmation from the Senate.

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Of those women, eight are women of color. The CAWP said the previous record for the number of women "serving concurrently in Cabinet-level positions was nine, during the second term of President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series Website shows 3D models of every Oval Office design since 1909 MORE."

Those nominees include Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeWe need to lay the foundation for meaningful housing policy change Black Caucus members lobby Biden to tap Shalanda Young for OMB head Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (D-Ohio) to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmEnergy Dept to restart Obama-era loans to renewable energy companies Granholm calls for Texas grid to weatherize, connect to other grids OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden returns to Obama-era greenhouse gas calculation | House passes major public lands package | Biden administration won't defend Trump-era relaxation of bird protections MORE to lead the Department of Energy; Isabel Guzman to head the Small Business Administration; Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (D-N.M.) to lead the Department of the Interior; Avril Haines to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI); and Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoRaimondo has won confirmation, but the fight to restrict export technology to China continues The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls On The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist MORE (D) for Commerce secretary. 

Katherine TaiKatherine TaiUS, UK suspend retaliatory tariffs for four months Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Senate panel unanimously advances top Biden economic nominees MORE was also selected by Biden to serve as the U.S. trade representative, along with Neera TandenNeera TandenOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE to head up the Office of Management and Budget, Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldAmerica's new multilateralism CBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief Blinken speaks with Ethiopian leader about human rights concerns in Tigray MORE to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenDebt to break WWII record by 2031 Inflation debate heats up over Biden relief bill Biden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision MORE to serve as secretary of the Treasury. 

News from the political group comes as the nominees may face a slightly easier time moving through the Senate confirmation process. Democrats secured control of the upper chamber after the victories of the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockKlain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE and Jon OssoffJon OssoffKlain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack MORE in the Georgia runoff elections Jan. 5. 

A number of Biden's picks would also be historic firsts in their own right.

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If confirmed, Haaland would be the first Native American to serve in a Cabinet-level role. Haines would the first woman to serve as DNI, and Tai would be the nation’s first Asian American and woman of color to serve as U.S. trade representative.

If all of the nominations are confirmed by the Senate, women would hold roughly 48 percent of “the Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions in the Biden-Harris administration at its outset,” the CAWP said in a release Wednesday.

The news comes several months after Biden and Harris announced in November that the White House would also have an entirely female communications team. The Biden transition team said at the time that it would be the first time the White House communications team would be comprised solely of women.

Biden and Harris touted the staff — which includes Symone SandersSymone SandersSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze White House says teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen CNN's John Berman chides White House aide on reopening schools: 'Not a trick question' MORE, Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreShowtime's 'The Circus' offers behind-the-scenes look at Psaki ahead of her first briefing Record number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet Kayleigh McEnany leaves letters for incoming Biden press officials MORE and Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill Q&A: Talking shop with White House communications director Kate Bedingfield We knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse MORE — as “diverse, experienced, and talented” at the time. 

“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden remarked.

Ahead of his and Harris’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, the pair also announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council, an effort they said will be aimed at advancing the country toward gender equality as their administration works to build the “nation back better.”