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A Look at 2010

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls, reflects on big and small accomplishments that marked 2010.

As the New Year approaches, I’ve taken time to reflect on the work that the White House Council on Women and Girls has done this year – and I’m so proud!  There were many things, both big and small, that marked this year. Since the time of the Inauguration, we have made the economic security of women and girls our main focus.  To this end, we worked to shine the national spotlight on improving workplace flexibility, we continued to support women business owners, and we launched an unprecedented coordinated effort across the entire government to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence. 

We helped pass the Affordable Care Act, which eliminates gender rating and bans insurance companies from dropping women from coverage when they get sick. The Affordable Care Act also provides free wellness visits for children and provides standardized, easy-to-understand information on different health insurance plans so women can easily compare prices. In addition to the Affordable Care Act, the Council fought hard to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and although it was defeated, we will continue to advocate for equal pay for women. The Council also supports women around the world by promoting entrepreneurship, food safety, and global health.

We invite you to view a selection of 2010 highlights from the CWG website.  

And, there is still more work to be done!  We know that 2011 will be a big year and we will need your continued engagement. If you have friends or family that would like to join our efforts, please have them click here.

Happy Holidays!


A Conversation on Workplace Flexibility

Title IX: Giving Girls a Sporting Chance

The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: A Step Forward for Native Women

Ensuring Women Get the Care They Need and Deserve

Opening the Door for Women in Transportation

On the Confirmation of Elena Kagan

Fortune Most Powerful Women's Summit

Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference

Providing Jobs and Economic Security for America's Women

An Event to End Violence Against Women

A 10-Day Journey Abroad

President Obama Meets With Equal Pay Advocates

A Win for Women, Mothers and Working Families

Valerie Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.