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April 3, 2009

On March 11 the President signed an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls.

In doing so, the new Administration has taken a major step in recognizing the responsibility that political leaders have to address the inequalities that women still face.  The new White House Council is similar to the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach that was created by President Clinton and subsequently closed by President Bush.

Legislation to create a Presidential Commission on Women is also being considered by Congress. A Presidential Commission will be a vehicle for a national conversation among the best thinkers with diverse backgrounds to address problems faced by women in America today.  The Presidential Commission on Women will thus have a more external focus than the White house Council which will work from within the Administration to advance the policies and agenda of the sitting president.

WomenCount is the group behind creating the Presidential Commission, they are a political organization founded by women, operated by women, and dedicated to helping women make their voices heard in politics. If you are interested in getting involved, you can sign their petition to create a Presidential Commission on Women or join their Facebook group.

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