On March 11, 2009, President Obama announced the inaugural White House Council on Women and Girls. President Obama made the following statement regarding the Council:
“The purpose of this Council is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy,” said President Obama. “My Administration has already made important progress toward that goal. I am proud that the first bill I signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. But I want to be clear that issues like equal pay, family leave, child care and others are not just women’s issues, they are family issues and economic issues. Our progress in these areas is an important measure of whether we are truly fulfilling the promise of our democracy for all our people. I am confident that Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen will guide the Council wisely as its members address these important issues.”
According to Tchen, the website was specifically launched today, August 26, in honor of Women’s Equality Day. If you’re wondering to yourself “Since when was there a Women’s Equality Day?”, don’t worry you’re not blanking on your American History. Women’s Equality Day was actually declared yesterday. Influential women of all backgrounds such as Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, phenomenal poet and founder of the National Association of Colored Women, were commemorated in the president’s press release. In regard to the Council, Tchen states,
“The mission of the White House Council on Women and Girls is to ensure that every part of the federal government takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies we draft, the programs we create, the legislation we support. Through this site you will be able to meet the member of the Council and the key staff in each agency who are charged with meeting this charge from the President.”
To explore the website further, click here. How effective do you think this Council will be? What requests or questions do you have for the Council members? We’d love to hear what YOU think! Feel free to leave a comment.