The White House Is Taking Women’s Issues Seriously. Really.
Ms Tchen and Valerie Jarrett, who were named council chairmen, initially considered creating a cabinet-level gender council position or comprehensive gender ambassador, but eventually decided against it. This seems counterproductive, but they thought it would give the designated “gender person” atleast The power gives rise to issues such as sexual harassment on military campuses or sexual harassment on college campuses.
“If you created a separate office and focused all the issues around gender in one place, the temptation would be to look at the cabinet table, point to the gender person and say, ‘That’s not my problem, it’s He has a problem, ”Ms. .Chain said.
Instead, Ms. Tchen and Ms. Jarrett structured the council like a consultant, prompting each agency to focus on gender issues within its own ranks and broader policy agenda. It worked with the Department of Transportation, for example, to train bus drivers and flight attendants to recognize signs of sex trafficking.
However, the council still did not have full-time leaders – Ms. Tichen was also the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Ms. Jarrett served as Mr. Obama’s senior adviser – and neither reported directly to the president. . And it did not have much authority to design policies.
“It was located in the Office of Public Engagement, so it had more of a public relations or outreach function,” said Lyric Thompson, senior director of policy and advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women.
And, Ms. Thompson said, the council neglected foreign policy issues. Most of the activities of the State Department’s global gender initiatives under Mrs. Clinton were under Mrs. Clinton, who was appointed as Secretary of State. Country’s first ambassador for global women’s issues.
Council was Destroyed In 2017 again, President Donald J. Under Trump, who also relinquished the role of ambassador for global women’s issues to be vacated by December 2019.