Following the creation of a White House Gender Policy Council in the spring of 2021, President Biden released the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality with relevant applications both domestically and globally.
The strategy - a whole-of-government approach - identified 10 interconnected priorities, which set forth a comprehensive agenda and vision to achieve gender equity and equality across sectors.
In addition to the 10 priorities, which include economic security, gender-based violence, climate change, and democracy, the strategy uses an intersectional approach to account for compounding forms of discrimination that add additional barriers to reaching equity and equality.
Strategic priorities include:
- Improved economic security: the strategy calls for COVID-19 pandemic recovery to account for women and families, thereby improving equal access to workplace participation, investments in infrastructure and care workers, and equal educational opportunities;
- Enhanced prevention and response to gender-based violence: the strategy calls for stronger laws, policies, and prevention services, commitment to addressing sexual violence in conflict settings, and promotion of fair and safe treatment in the immigration and justice systems;
- Increased access to health care: the strategy charachterizes health care access as a right rather than a privilege, encouraging the expansion of access to health care for all, protection of the right to choose, promotion of sexual and reproductive rights, and commitment to addressing maternal mortality and morbidity; and
- Advanced participation of women and girls in social, economic, civic, and political life: the strategy outlines stronger equality laws and practices which ensure equality in leadership for critical processes, including peace, humanitarian, national security, global health, climate change, and STEM fields.