As the New Year approaches, I’ve taken time to reflect on the work that the White House Council on Women and Girls has done this year – and I’m so proud! There were many things, both big and small, that marked this year. Since the time of the Inauguration, we have made the economic security of women and girls our main focus. To this end, we worked to shine the national spotlight on improving workplace flexibility, we continued to support women business owners, and we launched an unprecedented coordinated effort across the entire government to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence.
We helped pass the Affordable Care Act, which eliminates gender rating and bans insurance companies from dropping women from coverage when they get sick. The Affordable Care Act also provides free wellness visits for children and provides standardized, easy-to-understand information on different health insurance plans so women can easily compare prices. In addition to the Affordable Care Act, the Council fought hard to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and although it was defeated, we will continue to advocate for equal pay for women. The Council also supports women around the world by promoting entrepreneurship, food safety, and global health.
We invite you to view a selection of 2010 highlights from the CWG website.
And, there is still more work to be done! We know that 2011 will be a big year and we will need your continued engagement. If you have friends or family that would like to join our efforts, please have them click here.
Valerie Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.