Janet Yellen is the first woman to hold the job as the US Treasury Secretary. She was the first woman to serve as chair of the Federal Reserve. And now she is shattering another glass-ceiling, the first 74-year-old female economist is the star of a rap video.
“Who’s Yellen now,” is a rap song in the style of the musical Hamilton, created and sung by Dessa, a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, and it appears to be going viral.
The vocals of the song say it all about the extraordinary 74-year old economist who was sworn in last week as the US Treasury Secretary, by the first female Vice President of the States, Kamala Harris. “Never mind the mild manner, policies make noise, she’s 5ft nothing, but hand to God, she can pop a collar, she can rock a power bob”
When then-President-elect Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Yellen for the post, he joked that “Hamilton” creator Lin-Mauel Miranda should write a musical about her.
As a woman who has broken glass ceilings her whole career, it made perfect sense. She was the only woman in her PhD class at Yale, and one of two women on the faculty of Harvard’s economics department. “She has punched her way to the top by sheer ability,” says LSE professor emeritus Meghnad Desai.
Yellen tweeted her thanks to the rapper Dessa. “Thanks for the mood music, I’ll take it from here.”
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