White House Council on Women and Girls

Mar 13, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order to create the White House Council on Women and Girls to establish a coordinated federal response to issues that particularly impact the lives of women and girls. The Council will ensure that federal programs and policies address the distinctive concerns of women and girls, and reach out to nonprofit organizations and other agencies and officials that can assist with the Council’s development.

At the signing, President Obama said: “So now it's up to us … to ensure that our daughters and granddaughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements -- and that they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers never dreamed of. That's the purpose of this Council.”

Girl Scouts is very excited about the Council and was pleased to be present at the President’s announcement on March 11, 2009. In fact, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is a founding mother. While the proposal to the White House for a council on women came from a group of 40 women's organizations, GSUSA proposed a commission on girls. The Council is a combination of both ideas. It is the expectation of the Girl Scouts to work closely with key players in the Council and the White House.

More information on President Obama’s remarks can be found at the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Web site’s CEO Blog posting for March 16, 2009 at www.gswpa.org.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of theUSA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The three-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 1-800-248-3355 or visit www.gswpa.org.

Joyce Lewis-Andrews
Vice President of Communications

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