This week in BWP(Black Woman Power) news, Lisa Cook, economist and Georgia native, was confirmed by the US Senate to the Federal Reserve Board, making her the first Black Woman to hold that position. GOP criticism that Ms. Cook was unqualified/unprepared for the position was unfounded, as cited by Committee Chair Sherwood Brown as he detailed Cook’s extensive experience in finance. Sherwood was quoted, “She, like the president, understands you put workers at the center of our economy.” This is particularly important in this crucial time of sky-rocketing inflation.
In another example of BWP, Karine Jean-Pierre will become President Biden’s second White House press secretary, replacing Jen Psaki, whose last day is scheduled to be May 13. Jean-Pierre will be the first Black press secretary in White House history, as well as the first openly gay person in this high-profile position. Jean-Pierre has stated, “This is a historic moment and it is not lost on me.”