Rights Advocates Rejoice as the New Biden Team Is Assembled

Biden’s White House staff is falling into place, and Cabinet members are being announced: Antony Blinken will be Biden’s secretary of state; Linda Thomas-Greenfield will become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Michèle Flournoy will be secretary of defense; John Kerry will focus on climate change; Alejandro Mayorkas has been nominated secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Avril Haines has been nominated for director of national intelligence; and Jake Sullivan will be the national security adviser.

The Future of Breastfeeding Is No Longer Over Toilets—Thanks to Sen. Duckworth’s Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act

Nursing mothers need to pump regularly or they can be exposed to certain health risks, but U.S. airports have long lacked dedicated spaces for breastfeeding.

Fortunately, that will change with the recent passage of The Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, requires small airports to have designated lactation spaces by 2023.

Weekend Reading: Biden Owes it to Women to Appoint a Gender-Balanced Cabinet

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: the impact that elected women have in legislative bodies; wins for women in the 2020 election; tipping the gender balance in Congress; Moldova has elected their first woman president; Alaska voters approve ranked-choice voting; the Biden-Harris administration must appoint a gender-balanced Cabinet; the women President-Elect Biden is considering for his administration; the Nevada state legislature will be 60 percent women in 2021; and suggested feminist reading.

Keeping Score: Getting Feminists Back in the White House

In this week’s Keeping Score: a record-breaking number of women elected to state and federal office; Dr. Jill Biden will be the only first lady to simultaneously hold a paid job; Lucille Bridges passes, years after escorting her daughter to integrate an all-white school; Joe Biden champions access to universal childcare and preschool; Harry Styles makes history in a ballgown on the cover of Vogue; New Mexico will send three women of color as its House delegation in 2021; and more.