President Joe Biden is set to schedule International Women's Day Monday by signing two executive orders for Title Policy IX and reviewing Trump-era changes to federal policy preventing gender-based discrimination in education, according to administration officials .
The first order establishes the White House Gender Policy Council to work with other policy councils to promote gender equality in the development of domestic and foreign policy, combat systemic bias and discrimination, including sexual harassment, and labor power. Focuses on increasing female participation and lower wages. Officials said there is a shortage of funds.
The council will also focus on transgender rights and supportive care workers, mainly women of color.Officials said the COVID-19 epidemic hit women hardest, leaving a workforce of 2.5 million in 2020, while 1.8 million men did so. The US Department of Labor's February jobs report found Friday that Black and Hispanic women saw the biggest drop in labor force participation.
An administration official told reporters in a brief call on Sunday that the epidemic had caused three "overlapping crises": a public health crisis, an economic crisis and a caregiver crisis, which have significantly affected women. The official pointed to the president's passage of the COVID-19 relief plan as an initial step to assist women affected by the epidemic, including direct payments of $ 1400 and an increase in childcare tax credits.
The Gender Policy Council, led by Julissa Renso, first lady Jill Biden, and Jennifer Klein, Chief Strategy and Policy Officer for the anti-sexual-harassment group TIME'S UP, will work with their cabinet secretaries and submit an annual. Report to the President to measure progress on prioritizing gender equality in government. Biden also hopes to name a special assistant to the president and senior adviser on gender-based violence.
Administration officials said the president would sign a second order directing the Department of Education to review all current rules, orders and guidance to ensure that all students are free from sexual violence. Is guaranteed.
The order explicitly directs the department to evaluate Title IX changes by former President Donald Trump's education secretary Betsy DeVos, who blasted Obama-era rules on sex discrimination and harassment in union-funded education programs . They implemented rules to deal with allegations of sexual harassment on college campuses, causing schools more delay in deciding whether to report the allegations to the Title IX office.
As vice president, Biden led the Obama administration's "It's on Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault on campus, often visiting college campuses to raise awareness. The president has also written the 1990 Women Against Violence Act, which aims to protect women from gender-based violence, which was one of the pieces of the "most proud" law during their 36 years in the Senate.
Biden has promised to remove changes to the Department of Education, including reinstating policies under Vice President Barack Obama. DeVos also put out a policy that limits federal funding to profitable institutions based on student loans and salary levels, and argues that allowing transgender athletes to compete because girls violate Title IX rules She does.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will consider suspending, modifying, or defending his predecessor's actions if they are determined to be inconsistent with the policies of the Biden administration, according to an administration official.