White House Council on Women and Girls

Keeping America's Women Moving Forward: The Key to an Economy Built to Last

Within months of taking office, President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls with the explicit mandate to ensure that every agency, department, and office in our federal government – with the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support – takes into account the needs and aspirations of American women and girls. Over the past three years, the Obama Administration has worked tirelessly to promote equality; enhance women’s economic security; and ensure that women have the opportunities they need and deserve at every stage of their lives, from obtaining training and education, to succeeding in the workforce and supporting their families, to retiring with dignity and security.


CEDAW FORUM: Lighting a Fire for the Women’s Rights Treaty

By Allie Bohm*

As a colleague recently reminded me, our system of government was developed not to pass laws, but to make change slowly. Take, for example, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the international treaty dedicated to gender equality. Although the U.S. played a major role in drafting the treaty and signed it in 1980, it still has not been ratified by the Senate. We’re hoping to change that this year.

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NCRW Summary of White House Workplace Flexibility Forum

March 31, 2010: Government officials, labor organizers, private sector leaders, and top researchers gathered this afternoon at the White House for a special forum on workplace flexibility. Breakout sessions on best practices for implementing flexible work options were bookended by appearances by the Obamas. For those of us unable to attend in person, the White House live-streamed the opening and closing sessions on its website.

As Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, said in her opening remarks, the presence of Michelle and Barack Obama at today’s forum sends a message on the importance of workplace flexibility. The forum’s purpose was to look at what works and what does not work in flexible work option policies in the public sector. The White House encourages the private sector to follow suit.

The White House Gets It—How About the Rest of the Nation?

By Kyla Bender-Baird

As the economy came toppling down on us last year, one of the first things to get sidelined was workplace flexibility and policies supporting greater work-life balance. Some say that with the economy struggling to recover, now is not the time to talk about so-called perks like telecommuting or flexible hours. But the White House and its top officials couldn’t disagree more.

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ADVOCACY CORNER: White House Council on Women and Girls

March 11, 2009 posted by admin Take the Women in Politics History QuizThis just in: by executive order President Obama has created a White House Council on Women and Girls.  As NOW stated in their press release, "We asked for a Cabinet-level office to work on women's issues, and we got the entire cabinet." The Council will headed by Valerie Jarrett and include every Cabinet secretary and head of every Cabinet-level agency.  This is obviously a huge step.  What do you think the first

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