Coverage of The White House Gender Policy Council - 2021

Biden, Harris announce formation of White House Gender Policy Council

The Hill, By Aris Folley - January 19, 2021

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council, an effort they said will be aimed at advancing the country toward gender equality as their administration works to build the “nation back better.”

The Biden-Harris transition team said in the announcement that the council will be co-chaired by Jennifer Klein, chief strategy and policy officer at TIME’S UP, and Julissa Reynoso, the incoming assistant to the president and chief of staff to Dr. Jill BidenJill BidenBiden plays Mario Kart with granddaughter at Camp David Biden pens Valentine's Day post to wife Biden spends first weekend at Camp David as president MORE who also previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay under former President Obama.

The transition team said the council will help guide and “coordinate government policy that impacts women and girls” across a variety of issues, including racial justice and economic security, and work in cooperation with other White House policy councils.

“Too many women are struggling to make ends meet and support their families, and too many are lying awake at night worried about their children’s economic future,” the president-elect said in the announcement. “This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the current global public health crisis has made these burdens infinitely heavier for women all over this country.”

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President Biden said he wished to heal this nation and listen to all people no matter vwhat their political affiliation, race, color, ethic origin, age or sex, so why is he singling out women as the victims of COVID-19?

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“The work of this council is going to be critical to ensuring we build our nation back better by getting closer to equality for women and to the full inclusion of women in our economy and our society,” he added.

“All Americans deserve a fair shot to get ahead, including women whose voices have not always been heard,” Harris said. The vice president-elect said the incoming administration will work to “pursue a comprehensive plan to open up opportunity and uphold the rights of women in our nation and around the world.”

“I look forward to working with these deeply knowledgeable and experienced public servants to address the challenges facing women and girls, and build a nation that is more equal and just,” Harris also said.

Former national security adviser Susan RiceSusan RiceBiden pledges action on guns amid resistance Biden makes inroads with progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Biden seeks vaccine for all by summer; Trump censure? MORE, who is also the incoming director of the Domestic Policy Council, one of a number of councils the newly-formed council on gender policy will be working with, said the new effort “will be key in marshaling every part of our government and working directly with communities to ensure all women and girls are entitled to equal rights and opportunities.”

“From health care, the economy, education, and national security — every issue is a women’s issue,” she added in a statement.

The announcement comes after a new analysis released by the National Women's Law Center showed how women, especially those of color, were being disproportionately hit in the job market amid the ongoing pandemic.

Dr. Warren Farrell

Dr. Warren Farrell

Proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men

The Coalition to Create A White House Council on Boys And Men has been advocating since 2009. The proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men was originally inspired by a discussion initiated by the White House Boards and Commissions Director Joanna Martin to Dr. Warren Farrell, inquiring of his interest in advising the White House Council on Women and Girls, given his background with the National Organization for Women.

Shortly after, Dr. Farrell created a multi-partisan Commission of thirty-four prominent authors, educators, researchers and practitioners to accomplish three goals: investigate the status of boys and their journey into manhood; identify both surface and underlying problems confronting boys and men; create a blueprint toward solutions.

TEDx Dr Warren Farrell

TEDx - The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

One of the foremost speakers and thinkers on gender issues

Dr. Warren Farrell

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose-being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner-are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

The Boy Crisis Book - Warren Farrell - John Gray

The Boy Crisis Book

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

Authors- Waren Farrell PhD and John Gray PhD

What is the boy crisis?

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose-being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner-are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.