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Biden Establishes White House Gender Policy Council

President Biden released an executive order to create a White House Gender Policy Council, intended to advance gender equity and equality, with sensitivity to the experiences of those who experience discrimination based on multiple factors, including membership in an underserved community.

The Gender Policy Council will coordinate efforts to advance gender equity and equality across executive departments and agencies by developing policies and programs that promote a comprehensive approach. Notable to essential hospitals, the council will:

  • increase access to comprehensive health care and address health disparities; and
  • address responses to the effects of COVID-19 on women and girls, especially those related to health, gender‑based violence, educational access and attainment, and economic status.

Further, the council will provide legislative and policy recommendations to the president and evaluate existing legislation and policies.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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