Biden delivers remarks ahead of signing gender equity orders

Biden delivers remarks ahead of signing gender equity orders”

The orders come as Biden plans to deliver remarks from the White House later Monday marking International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The second executive order is specifically focused on "guaranteeing an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation or gender identity".

US President Joe Biden on Monday will order a review of changes the previous administration made to on rules on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations and formally establish a White House Gender Policy Council, officials said.

Both measures had been expected from Biden, who focused on gender equity during his campaign and previously promised to put an "immediate" end to rules that were finalized past year by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Any effort to rewrite DeVos' rules would have to go through a federal rulemaking process that can take years to complete.

In February, the Department of Justice and plaintiffs in Philadelphia v. Devos, in which 18 states and the District of Columbia sued over the law, asked for a temporary suspension of their case "to allow incoming department leadership to review the underlying rule at issue". "We know the Biden administration is looking at this issue, but there's no time to wait when children are at risk today". They argued that it "turns back the clock and erodes hard-fought protections and rights for victims with a "boys will be boys" approach".

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Last week, more than 100 Democrats in the House sent a letter to Cardona asking that he prioritize reversing the DeVos rule.

According to HuffPost, "The council, which will have a staff of six people, will create and submit a strategy to Biden to address gender in policies, programs, and budgets, as well as create an annual report that measures progress".

"We applaud the Biden-Harris administration this International Women's Day for establishing this much-needed gender policy committee in a time when disproportionate gender-based discrimination and violence affecting women, girls, and LGBTQ+ communities is at an all-time high", said Serra Sippel, president of CHANGE (the Center for Health and Gender Equity).

A senior official close to former Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CNN's Jake Tapper last month that the slate of officers numbered a half dozen, and that there were concerns others at the White House might try to hold them up for one reason or another - including the fact that relations between Esper and Trump, and between the Pentagon and White House, were in bad shape.

Some of the issues the council will focus on include combating sexual harassment, addressing structural barriers to women's participation in the workforce, decreasing gender wage and wealth gaps, and addressing caregiving issues that have disproportionately affected women.

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