The Political Players

The Political Players

Ashley Etienne and Kamala Harris

If we had to choose just one groundbreaking woman of 2020, hands down, the honor would go to Vice President Kamala Harris. Not only did she make history as the first Black woman elected to the White House, but she and President Joe Biden have already started making strides when it comes to gender equity by appointing an all-female communications team.

And at the helm of Harris’ team? Ashley Etienne.

Etienne, who previously served as the first woman and person of color to hold the position of communications director for the House Speaker, was tapped for the role of Harris’ communications director.

“Women are held to a different standard, regrettably. That’s unfair, not just to the individual, but to the larger discourse about women and politics and what we’re capable of,” Etienne told Worth last March.  “What I’ve found from [working with Nancy Pelosi] is that we all need to adopt as women is how do you advocate for yourself, how do you own your own narrative and in addition to that, what I’ve learned most is that if you don’t, no one else will.”

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