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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence, Co-Chair of Democratic Women’s Caucus, Praises President Biden’s Executive Orders on Gender Equity

March 8, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, praised President Joe Biden for two executive orders he will sign today promoting gender equity. The first executive order establishes the White House Gender Policy Council while the second ensures that education is free of any sexual violence or harassment.

“I’m grateful we have a President who is committed to advancing the full participation of women and girls in every part of our society. This pandemic has hit our country hard, and it has disproportionately affected women and women of color,” said Rep. Lawrence. “As the Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, I look forward to working with the White House Gender Policy Council to advancing policies that promote the economic security, health, and well-being of women and girls.”

Today’s actions will:

Establish the Gender Policy Council. The first Executive Order formally establishes the Gender Policy Council within the Executive Office of the President, with a role in both domestic and foreign policy development. The Council will work in coordination with the existing policy councils to advance gender equity and equality

Ensure education free from sexual violence. President Biden will sign an Executive Order that will direct the Department of Education (ED) to review all of its existing regulations, orders, guidance, and policies to ensure consistency with the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy that students be guaranteed education free from sexual violence. It also directs ED to specifically evaluate the Title IX regulation issued under the previous administration and agency action taken pursuant to that regulation, to determine whether the regulation and agency action are consistent with the policies of the Biden-Harris Administration.