Ending domestic violence is a priority for the Obama Administration. On Tuesday, Jennifer Kaplan, Deputy Director of the Council on Women and Girls, spoke at a workshop hosted by the Treasury Department, Social Security Administration, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security on the intersection of financial capability and domestic violence.
With women now making up almost half of our nation’s labor force, they are increasingly juggling work with caregiving responsibilities at home. Read about how the Administration is working to highlight and drive national dialogues on Workplace Flexibility.
Kristen Jarvis, Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide to the First Lady and alumni of Spelman College, discusses Mrs. Obama's address to the 2011 graduating class of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college in Atlanta.
Read Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ article that describes how Health Reform Will Do Wonders for Women and their families by protecting their right to coverage and making it easier to receive preventative care.
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights! This week, President Obama paid respect to those who lost their lives on September 11th by visiting Ground Zero in New York City. The President also welcomed National and State teachers of the year to the White House and thanked them for their service to America’s youth. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama dropped by Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC to check out a flash mob event in support of the Let’s Move! campaign.
It seems my career and life have been made to bring me to this moment, and each day I am amazed and honored to serve as Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Serving this Administration gives me a sense of pride and wonder at the great country we live in, and it is an honor to witness the dedication of the men and women who serve in our Government.
On Thursday, April 14, the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, Sara Manzano-Diaz, traveled to Chicago to host the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility.
Deborah Amdur of the Department of Veterans Affairs talks about a new rule that will allow them to roll out enhanced services to our Family Caregivers of Veterans who sustained a serious injury in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
April is National Financial Literacy Month. In this blog, Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett, takes this opportunity to discuss the ways in which financial education can help women adapt to a changing world and workforce and improve the stability of American families and our economy.
Today, the Department of Justice took an unprecedented step in encouraging men and boys to become partners in ending violence against women. The Engaging Men Grant Program, underscores the fact that most men are not violent or abusive towards the women in their lives and encourages these men to work as allies with women and girls to prevent violence.
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights! This week, the President engaged in a dialogue with people from across the country during his Facebook Town Hall. Read about this and other events throughout the Administration here.
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights! This week, President Obama and leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress found common ground on an agreement about the United States budget. Read about this and other Administration activities here.
For millions of working women, the pay gap means 20% less income to pay for housing, gas to get to work, utilities, food, college education for children, and retirement savings. The Director of the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau Sara Monzano-Diaz writes about the impact of the pay gap on America's families.
Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses the impacts of unequal pay for women, and President Obama's actions to get equal pay for women under the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights. This week, the President addressed the American people regarding the potential government shutdown. Vice President Biden also visited the University of New Hampshire to highlight the importance of ending sexual violence on college campuses. Read about this and other events throughout the Administration here.
Welcome to this edition of the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights. As we close out Women’s History Month, the President took a moment to honor Geraldine Ferraro as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women. Read about this and other events throughout the Administration here.
The prevalence of sexual assault in this nation is a tragedy that must be addressed. That's why President Obama declared the month of April to be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, writes about the Administration's commitment to end this violence.
Yesterday, the Department of Energy unveiled a new mentoring program to pair female undergraduate science, engineering, and math students in the Washington, D.C. area with female employees who specialize in those subject areas.
Today, Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke at a DHS event to commemorate Women’s History Month and to recognize some of the programs and initiatives across the Department that demonstrates their commitment to this priority.
Today, as part of Women's History Month and in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis welcomed four remarkable women organizers to the White House.
As we wind down Women’s History Month, Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, reflects back on all the changes in women’s lives over the past few decades. Most notably, violence against women has emerged as an important topic at the local, state, and national level.
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls’ Weekly Highlights. On Wednesday, the Administration celebrated the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act which improves access to health care services for millions of Americans. The President and the First Family wrapped up their trip to Latin America and the President focused on events in the Middle East. Read about this and other highlights in this post.
For our Women’s History Month Meet the Women of the Administration series, the Council on Women and Girls is delighted to feature Latifa Lyles, the Deputy Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor. Check out this new post and hear about Latifa's love of sports, her role models, and the inspiring work she's doing at the Women's Bureau.
This week, we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a historic advancement for the health care of women and their families. Valerie Jarrett highlights the importance of this legislation for winning a healthier future.