The Gender Policy Council (GPC) was established by President Biden to advance gender equity and equality in both domestic and foreign policy development and implementation. The GPC covers a range of issues—including economic security, health, gender-based violence and education—with a focus on gender equity and equality, and particular attention to the barriers faced by women and girls. It also plays an essential role in the President’s efforts to advance equity in government policy for those who face discrimination and bias based on multiple factors—including members of the Black, Latina, Native American, AAPI, and LGBTQI+ communities, as well as persons with disabilities.
The GPC works in coordination with the other White House policy councils—including the Domestic Policy Council, National Security Council, and National Economic Council—and across all federal agencies to instill a strategic, whole-of-government approach to gender equality and gender equity. Its co-chairs are Jennifer Klein, who also serves as the Executive Director, and Julissa Reynoso, who also serves as First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s Chief of Staff. The council is staffed by domestic and global gender policy experts, including a Senior Advisor focused on gender-based violence.
While previous administrations have had offices focused on women and girls—including the White House Council on Women and Girls under President Obama and the Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach under President Clinton—the Gender Policy Council is the first freestanding policy council focused on gender equity and equality within the Executive Office of the President.
You can read the March 8, 2021 executive order establishing the Gender Policy Council here.