Joe Biden has said that four Black women are currently among those being vetted to be his vice president. Speaking on MSNBC's "The Reid Out" show on Monday, he did not commit to picking a Black woman for the job, but said his whole administration will "look like America." He did not share the names of people he was vetting. People rumored to be on the list include Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, and and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
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Joe Biden has said that four Black women are among those being considered tob be his vice presidential pick, and pledged that whomever is chosen, his administration will "look like America." He made the comments to journalist Joy Reid on the first airing of her MSNBC show, "The Reid Out," on Monday. He stopped short of making an outright commitment to appointing a Black woman as his vice president, but said his administration "from Vice President, to Supreme Court, to Cabinet positions, to every major position in the White House," would be as diverse as America itself.
Biden did not share the names of the Black women — or anyone else — being vetted. People rumored to be considered for Biden's vice presidential pick include Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, Rep. Val Demmings of Florida, Rep. Karen Bass of California, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. "It is important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America," Biden told Reid on Monday. "From Vice President to Supreme Court to Cabinet positions to every major position in the White House it's going to look like America," he continued. "It's critically important that be the case. I can guarantee you that." He said his popularity within the Black community predates the South Carolina primary, which he won in February with a strong appeal to Black voters.
Responding to Reid's remarks that Black women are the "heartbeat" of the Democratic Party, Biden boasted of his support from them and added: "And so they're the ones, as that old saying goes, that brought me to the dance." In March, Biden said that his running mate would "in all likelihood" be a woman. He also laid out the vetting process, which he noted was being undertaken by "women and men of color as well as white folks." As former Vice President, Biden is familiar with the process, which he described as "like a public physical examination." Four candidates have been vetted so far, and after the list is narrowed, he will meet them personally and make a decision, Biden said. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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Kamala Harris could be the first woman of color VP, and the challenges ahead of her resonate with BIPOC women leaders across the country
Sign up here to receive our newsletter Gender at Work in your inbox twice a month....Sign up here to receive our newsletter Gender at Work in your inbox twice a month. Last week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris is a US senator from California who ran for president as a Democrat earlier in this cycle. Before she was elected to the Senate, she was the attorney general of California and the San Francisco district attorney. Harris' parents immigrated to the US from Jamaica and India and Harris graduated from a historically Black university. If Biden is elected in November, Harris would be the first woman and the first woman of color in the vice presidency. (She would not, however, be the first woman of color to run for vice president. Charlotta Bass, a Black woman from California, ran on the Progressive Party ticket in 1952.) Harris would also be one of a small number of women of color in any leadership role in US society. To date, just 26 of 100 US senators are women. In corporate America, 4% of C-suite executives are women of color. If Harris and Biden win, it would be a huge milestone for women across the US, and in particular for BIPOC women. (BIPOC stands for "Black, indigenous, and people of color.") Harris' name on the ballot — independent of her specific political platform — suggests that BIPOC women's career ambitions are within reach. Meanwhile, Biden, who is 77 years old, has suggested that he might not run for a second term if elected. An adviser to Biden's campaign told Politico that Biden is thinking, "I want to find a running mate I can turn things over to after four years, but if that's not possible or doesn't happen then I'll run for reelection." There's a lot of pressure on Harris to succeed. Welcome to Gender at Work. This is a twice-monthly newsletter that takes an expansive look at how your gender identity informs your career. Last week we covered Biden's plan to invest $775 billion in caregiving programs. This week we're talking about the implications of Harris' spot on the Democratic ticket. 'Double jeopardy' BIPOC women are underrepresented in leadership roles. Eighteen states have never sent a woman to the Senate and only one governor – Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico – is a woman of color. And while BIPOC women represent around 37% of working-age women, they make up less than 5% of senior-level management positions and less than 1% of CEOs of S&P companies, according to research from the nonprofit organization Catalyst. So when a woman of color does reach a position of power, the spotlight is on them. Their performance is scrutinized in a way that it isn't necessarily for white men. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that Black women leaders may experience "double jeopardy." When they fail or when their organization does, Black women are judged negatively based on their two minority identities. "Given that atypical leaders, in general, are often expected to fail and are frequently evaluated more negatively when they make mistakes," the authors write, "Black women may have to be exceptionally diligent when managing subpar outcomes." 'The glass cliff' And then there's the "glass cliff." A sister of the glass ceiling, as our colleague Marguerite Ward reported, the glass cliff describes what happens when women or people of color are promoted to senior leadership during difficult times for an organization and the risk of failure is high. Like, say, a global pandemic and recession. Michelle Ryan at the University of Exeter told Ward that it's unclear why women and people of color are often given leadership roles during crisis periods. But a potential consequence is that people feel their assumptions are validated: Maybe women of color aren't equipped to be leaders after all. "We might find that these women don't last as long in these positions or that they may be highly criticized because there's a lot going on," Ryan told Ward. "And that potentially reinforces the stereotype that women [and people of color] aren't good at leadership." Longstanding biases against minorities As VP, Harris could face the same challenges that other BIPOC women encounter when they ascend to leadership positions. Women are often subject to implicit bias in the business world, or the unconscious assumptions people make about others based on their gender, ethnicity, age, or minority status, rather than their actual qualifications. And those biases can be heightened when it comes to BIPOC women. Harris has said those biases no longer faze her. She told The New Yorker in 2019, "I'm not carefully enough watching — and I probably should — how men are being treated compared to me." "I've had this experience so many times that I don't let it distract me," she said on running for office as a woman of color when most candidates aren't. When a reporter asked Harris in January 2019 how she described her racial identity ("You're an African American woman, but you are also Indian American"), Harris replied, "I describe myself as an American." Within a week of her nomination, Harris fielded false accusations of ineligibility to serve as president because her parents were immigrants; racial slurs from a Virginia mayor likening the California senator to "Aunt Jemima;" and names like "mad woman," "nasty," "condescending," and "angry" from President Trump. Harris' experiences of bigoted treatment are, unfortunately, unsurprising. Assertive and successful women are much more likely to be perceived as "bossy" and unlikeable than their male counterparts at work, our colleague Weng Cheong reported. A model for BIPOC women In spite of the challenges that Harris might encounter, her presence in the White House — and even on the ballot — could fundamentally change the way young women think about leadership. The New York Times reported on a study from the Girl's Leadership Institute that found that 48% of Black girls surveyed identified as leaders, the highest among all ethnic groups. The presence of strong role models seemed to be one of the most important factors contributing to their leader aspirations. "I'm having a Shirley Chisholm moment," LaTosha Brown, cofounder of Black Voters Matter Fund, told The Washington Post, referring to the first Black woman elected to Congress. Regarding Harris, Brown said, "There are so many women — Black women — who were never considered. It's not just her candidacy, but all that it represents." Harris' election could pave the way for millions of BIPOC women who strive to lead in the US, whether in the office — or the highest office in the land. We invite women of color to share your thoughts about Harris' spot on the ballot. In the meantime, please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues. If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here. We're also interested to know: Are there specific leaders or themes we should spotlight in this newsletter? Send suggestions to SLebowitz@BusinessInsider.com. We're excited to read them.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Epidemiologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
Biden’s VP pick ‘makes America look more like America’ – and now Harris is better placed...Biden’s VP pick ‘makes America look more like America’ – and now Harris is better placed than anyone to be the first female presidentJoe Biden may have just chosen the anti-Trump as his running mate – and, if he wins, as his successor.The selection of California senator Kamala Harris for the Democrats’ vice-presidential nomination puts a woman of colour on a major party ticket for the first time in America’s 244-year-old history. Continue reading...
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Biden in Delaware just days before he was expected to announce his VP pick
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Joe Biden last Sunday, days before the presumptive Democratic presidential...Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with Joe Biden last Sunday, days before the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was expected to announce his running mate, the Associated Press reported. Whitmer, who's long been on Mr. Biden's shortlist, is the first candidate known to have interviewed with Biden in person, according to The Washington Post. Biden is expected to announce his pick for vice president next week. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last Sunday to meet with Joe Biden, just days before the presumptive Democratic nominee is expected to announce his running mate, the Associated Press reported. Whitmer, who's long been on Mr. Biden's shortlist of nominees, is the first candidate known to have interviewed with him in person, according to The Washington Post. Biden campaign insiders told the newspaper that Whitmer has recently gained attention as a potential nominee. Biden, who vowed to choose a woman as his running mate months ago, previously said he'd make his pick this week, but now the decision is expected to come next week. "I've narrowed it down, and I'll be ready to make that announcement," Mr. Biden said Thursday at a virtual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "You'll find out shortly." Should Biden pick a woman and win the November election, his running mate would be the first woman to serve as vice president in the US. Where Whitmer stands — and who she's up against Whitmer, known for instituting an aggressive stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic, has been on Biden's shortlist of candidates for several months. In a March interview with MSNBC, Biden said "she made the list, in my mind, two months ago." Whitmer served 14 years in the state legislature of Michigan, a state President Trump narrowly won in 2016. She was elected two years later as governor in a landslide victory. Other top contenders for the VP pick include California Sen. Kamala Harris and Susan Rice, the former Obama administration national security advisor, in addition to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Rep. Karen Bass, The Post reported. Read more: California Rep. Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home' without choosing a Black woman as his running mate As Biden considers a historic VP pick, Joe Lieberman reflects on breaking a different barrier — and how he got caught in his underwear by the TV stakeouts. As Susan Rice emerges as one of Biden's top choices for vice president, Trump allies struggle to cast her as an 'extreme leftist,' a tag they've slapped on the other contenders Kamala Harris is reportedly losing favorite status in the tumultuous Biden veepstakes. Here's why. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak