As we celebrate Women’s History Month, the Biden-Harris Administration is taking the opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made and recommit to the work we must continue to do to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls and ensure all people can reach their full potential.
The Administration knows that fighting for gender equality is the right thing to do – and the smart thing to do. We cannot solve any of the great global challenges of our time if half the world’s population is left behind. We need the full and equal participation of women to succeed.
That is why President Biden established the White House Gender Policy Council and charged it with leading the development of the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality (“the National Gender Strategy”) to guide a whole-of-government effort to advance gender equity and equality in domestic and foreign policy.
Released in October 2021, the National Gender Strategy sets forth an aspirational vision and a comprehensive agenda. It lays out ten priority areas – from health and education to climate change and economic security to gender-based violence and humanitarian efforts to democracy, political participation, and human rights. Already, this comprehensive undertaking has led to real, measurable outcomes for gender equity and equality both at home and abroad.
Recently, the Administration released the first annual progress report on the National Gender Strategy, which provides an overview of the progress made since the strategy’s release, spotlights specific examples of how Federal agencies are putting the strategy into action, and identifies both new challenges and emerging opportunities as its implementation continues.
For more information, read the Progress Report on the National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality.