Karine Jean-Pierre is going to be appointed as the first Black woman and the first openly lesbian person to serve as White House press secretary is a significant step forward in representation, and she is well aware of that fact.
The position of press secretary is a high-profile one. Jean-Pierre, 44, will spend every day speaking on behalf of President Joe Biden and the United States government to the media, members of the American public, and people all over the globe, according to the White House.
“I think if you are passionate about what you want to be or where you want to go and you work very hard to that goal, it will happen,” she continued. “And, yes, you’ll be knocked down and you’ll have some tough times. And it won’t be easy all the time, but the rewards are pretty amazing, especially if you stay true to yourself.”
Jean-Pierre, who is presently serving as senior deputy press secretary at the White House, will begin her new position on May 13.
Since she was a child, she has been active in politics: After completing a Master of Public Affairs from Columbia University in 2003, she opted to pursue a career in political administration. Soon after graduating from grad school, she began working for the New York City Council and then for John Edwards' presidential election campaign in 2008.
Prior to her appointment as principal deputy press secretary, Jean-Pierre worked as a senior counselor
The White House is well-known to her, having served there under former President Barack Obama and as a long-time assistant to Joe Biden during his stint as vice president.
The author of a 2018 speech at the University of Michigan advised young people to become politically involved and to speak out against politicians who support policies that hurt vulnerable populations.
During her speech on Thursday, Jean-Pierre urged young people to remember the individuals who had supported them during difficult times, while also honoring the work of trailblazers who came before her in the movement.
“This is a historic moment, and it’s not lost on me,” she said. “I understand how important it is for so many people out there, so many different communities, that I stand on their shoulders and I have been throughout my career.”