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Join the call to create a Presidential Commission on Women to bring together the best thinkers from all backgrounds and political parties that will impact the future of women in our nation.

Sometimes there is a watershed moment in history when it becomes clear that things must change and leaders must act. That moment is now for the women of this country.


• As the economy became the single most critical issue in the election, the role that women play in our economic structure has never been clearer. Women are the backbone of the nation’s workforce and control 70 percent of its buying power.

• The candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, while inspiring women and girls around the country to imagine what can be, exposed extreme gender bias in the media and throughout our culture.

• Women, who make up 56 percent of the voting population, were targeted as never before as the critical bloc that would determine the outcome of the election.

In 1961, as the nation grappled with the issue of women in the workplace, President John Kennedy convened the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and appointed Eleanor Roosevelt as its chair. Kennedy recognized the moment was right.

That was 47 years ago, and it’s time to do it again. As in 1961, women are at the forefront of our political discourse – and we are committed to keeping them there.

A record number of women are seeking ways to participate more fully in all aspects of American life, politics and policymaking. A Presidential Commission on Women is the right vehicle to initiate a national conversation on the future of women. If Not Now, When?

President Obama has created the White House Council on Women and Girls, which will work as a perfect companion to the Presidential Commission on Women. Together they will work to improve the future of women in this country. We will be working closely with the Administration to make sure your voices are part of both initiatives.

Here’s why the Council and the Commission will complement each other so well:

• A Presidential Commission will be a vehicle for a national conversation among the best thinkers with diverse backgrounds to address problems faced by women in America today. The White House Council will work from within the Administration to advance the policies and agenda of the sitting president. While the Presidential Commission on Women will have a more external focus.

• A Presidential Commission on Women is bipartisan and would truly reflect the commitment of our new leadership to respect the opinions and input of a broad spectrum of leaders.

• A Presidential Commission on Women would include a significant grassroots component, allowing millions of women from around the country to participate in the work of the Commission. President Obama leveraged technology to encourage participation among voters all around the country during his campaign, and this work has continued into his new Administration. Similarly, a Presidential Commission on Women would turn to women to solicit input, feedback and participation.

The bottom line is we need both.


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