CV NEWS FEED // The White House issued a “national gender strategy” Monday, claiming COVID-19 has “fueled” a number of crises which demand “we build back better.”
“President Biden and Vice President Harris believe that advancing gender equity and equality is fundamental to every individual’s economic security, safety, health, and ability to exercise their most basic rights,” according to the White House fact sheet on the new strategy. “It is also essential to economic growth and development, democracy and political stability, and the security of nations across the globe.”
Ensuring that all people reach their “full potential,” regardless of gender, is “a moral and strategic imperative,” the document stated.
The fact sheet went on to claim the world is at “an inflection point” due to COVID-19, which has “fueled a health crisis, an economic crisis, and a caregiving crisis,” magnifying the challenges for “women and girls, especially women and girls of color….”
COVID has “also exacerbated a ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence in the United States and around the world.” These “overlapping crises” have created a “moment” which “demands that we build back better,” the White House stated.
The national gender strategy aims to address ten issues together, according to the White House:
1) economic security; 2) gender-based violence; 3) health; 4) education; 5) justice and immigration; 6) human rights and equality under the law; 7) security and humanitarian relief; 8) climate change; 9) science and technology; and 10) democracy, participation, and leadership.
The White House promised to tackle these issues through an “intersectional” approach.
Numerous commentators responded to the new strategy document by claiming it was “out of touch” with the concerns of American voters.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH, quipped on social media that when America asked “what can we do about rising gas prices?”, the Biden administration responded: “Have you heard about our National Gender Strategy?”
“Stop inventing problems and fix the border, the supply chain crisis, inflation, crime, addiction, etc etc,” wrote commentator Miranda Devine.
Jordan Chamberlain of The Free Beacon commented “that’s nice. i paid $40 for half a tank of gas yesterday.”
Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner pointed out that the White House document lacked substance and detail, for instance calling for improved “care infrastructure” while failing to mention any actual proposals relating to actual infrastructure.
The document also promised to “dismantle the barriers to equal opportunity in education” in order to enable women to “compete on a level playing field.” Women, however, currently “make up 60% of all college students and are awarded two out of every three college degree,” Carroll wrote.
Readers can find the full White House fact sheet here.