More than 1,000 Black women urge Biden to choose more Black women for his Cabinet

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More than 1,000 Black women urge Biden to choose more Black women for his Cabinet

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(CNN) - More than 1,000 influential Black women on Monday signed an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, urging their transition team to consider -- and appoint -- more Black women to hold positions in Biden's Cabinet.

First shared with CNN, it's the latest layer of growing pressure on Biden and Harris to diversify their administration. The pair is set to meet with civil rights groups including the NAACP on Tuesday. The letter was spearheaded by Black women from a cross section of American life like politics, business, sports, entertainment and faith.

And it's a call for a return on the political feat achieved by Black women nationwide when they secured the election for Biden in November.

"It is long past time that the effective, accomplished leadership of Black women currently serving in areas of significant policy that impacts our nation are recognized and given full consideration for the statutory positions in your administration's Cabinet," the letter states.

"Just as Black women and Black Americans were key to your election in November, we are key to the success of your Administration and the implementation of your vision. Our community must see ourselves reflected in key leadership positions in recognition of our importance," the letter added.

Click here to read the full article published by CNN on 8 December 2020.

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