National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality Released

The White House has recently released its National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. This is the first-ever strategy on gender equity and equality from the U.S. government, and is a vital step towards truly achieving one of the country’s most core values, that all persons should be treated equally. This ideal is emphasized in the opening letter from the President and Vice President: “As we work to invest in the American people and build an economy that deals everyone in, we have an unprecedented opportunity to chart a course for a future in which gender equity and equality are instilled in every part of our country, and—through our defense, diplomacy, foreign aid, and trade efforts—to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls across the world.”

The plan maps out the White House’s main strategic priorities, giving an in depth description of each:

  • Improve Economic Security and Accelerate Economic Growth
  • Eliminate Gender-Based Violence
  • Protect, Improve, and Expand Access to Health Care, including Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
  • Ensure Equal Opportunity and Equity in Education
  • Promote Gender Equity and Fairness in Justice and Immigration Systems
  • Advance Human Rights and Gender Equality Under the Law
  • Elevate Gender Equality in Security and Humanitarian Relief
  • Promote Gender Equity in Mitigating and Responding to Climate Change
  • Close Gender Gaps in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields
  • Advance Full Participation in Democracy, Representation, and Leadership

Implementation of the strategy will take a whole-of-government approach, having each federal agency develop their own plan to further the strategy’s objectives. Progress will be tracked across the federal government, and the White House’s Gender Policy Council is to prepare an annual report for the President that will be released to the public.

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