Women's Leadership

TRANSITION FORUM – Women’s Funding Network President/CEO Chris Grumm Urges New Gov't to Embrace Women as Experts,Decision Makers

November 7, 2008 Posted by Linda Basch Linda Basch: What is your vision for an Obama administration?  Who are your ideal Cabinet picks? What new offices, government departments, or agencies would you like to see set up? (We invite your biggest-sky thinking here, far out of the box!) Chris Grumm: Barack Obama's election is an exhilarating opportunity for new leadership and especially for women's leadership. This is a truly exciting time in history and we are on the cusp of a transformational moment for the world. Obama, both now as he creates his team and after January 20th, can bring a critical mass of women to decision-making tables, harnessing the visions of the best and brightest women from business, academia, government and the nonprofit world. This step-change - the infusion of women's ideas voices and leadership across the board - will catalyze real change in this country and worldwide. Rather than creating new agencies, Obama needs to reframe how existing agencies work. Women must be recognized as experts and partners in every agency, ensuring their voices and solutions are integral to policymaking on every critical national and global matter. We have the opportunity to ensure established departments and agencies function for the benefit of us all, fully addressing conditions challenging women and families who are disproportionately affected by issues such as poverty or unequal access to healthcare. Below are a few examples of how existing departments could embrace a new, expanded focus to achieve greater impact:

  • Every department collecting data on women;
  • the Department of Labor making major strides on the economic self sufficiency of women and their families;
  • the Department of Health and Human Services ensuring access to health care for everyone;
  • the Department of State practicing global compassion and collaboration with foreign policy negotiations;
  • and a Department of Education focused not only on excellent education for children but on the involvement of families and communities in the preparation of our future workforce.

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TRANSITION FORUM – White House Project President Marie Wilson Calls for Presidential Commission on Women and Democracy

November 7, 2008 Posted by Marie Wilson, President and Founder, The White House Project  In headlines across the world, President-elect Obama's win has been rightly celebrated for the racial barriers his candidacy, and eventual victory, have broken down.  Yet the historic nature of President-elect Obama's rise is also reflected in his campaign's innovative and trailblazing style—one that helped to win him the election. From their remarkable GOTV efforts which redrew the electoral map, to the tremendous impact of "hope and change" as mantras for a new America, the Obama campaign utilized great ingenuity to fire up a nation of voters.  My vision for the Obama administration hinges on using this very spirit of creativity and skill to shepherd in a new era for our nation's women.


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TRANSITION FORUM --- National Women’s Studies Association Leader Allison Kimmich Calls for Federal Dept of Women’s Affairs

November 7, 2008 posted by Linda Basch Linda Basch: What is your vision for an Obama administration?  Who are your ideal Cabinet picks?  What new offices, government departments, or agencies would you like to see set up?


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Women Leaders Dream Big, Urge Transition Team to Bring Women and Women’s Issues to the Center of the New Administration

November 7, 2008 posted by Linda Basch A new administration, the cap to a long and exciting election campaign, and change is in the air. We have much hope, but we also have big issues to tackle.  The economic crisis brings particular urgency to the issues foremost on our minds.  At the Council, we've been talking about economic security, but now we need to talk about economic recovery  and the ways women are particularly affected.  Women are more likely to be in foreclosure and hold sub-prime mortgages (32% more likely than men despite better credit scores), more likely to be poor, to be earning minimum wage (68.4% nationally), and to lack adequate health insurance.  These challenges are not unique to women, they affect families, communities, and the entire nation.


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