Hillary Clinton Praises Joe Biden’s Gender Policy Council As “Critical First Step”
President Joe Biden is commemorating International Women’s Day with an executive order to create a Gender Policy Council that will focus on improving gender equality in foreign and domestic policy. Hillary Clinton is praising the plan as a “critical first step.”
According to the New York Times, not only has Clinton lauded the council, but one of the two co-chairs was previously her high-level adviser. Jennifer Klein was a senior advisor to Clinton during her time as First Lady, and she’ll be chairing the Gender Policy Council with Julissa Reynoso, the Obama Administration’s ambassador to Uraguay, who is now Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden.
Klein described the Council as “a plan to take a governmentwide approach to gender equity and equality.”
The two co-chairs appeared at a press briefing Monday to share their plans and expectations for the Council.
We know that the full participation of all people, including women and girls, across all aspects of our society is essential to the economic well-being, health, and security of our nation and the world,” Reynoso told the press. “This is a matter of human rights.”
She also promised the Council would work to “protect the rights and unique needs of those who experience multiple forms of discrimination, including people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.”
In a second executive order on Internation Women’s Day, Biden also directed the Department of Education to review current guidance and policies to ensure all students have “…an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”