March 10th, 2009
06:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Officials: Obama to create White House Women's Council

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, will head the White House Women's Council."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Wednesday that will create a White House Women's Council overseen by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, according to two senior administration officials.

The officials said the president will make the official announcement at the White House and is likely to be joined by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

One of the officials said the president wants the office to "have a presence at the White House to address the issues facing women and girls," including pay equity and the balancing act working mothers face.

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. P. Y.

    Wonderful ! It is about time that women had someone helping them with their problems.
    Good job President Obama !

    March 10, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Llinda

    Good grief! anything to try to keep the votes of the lame-brained women who will fall for this crap. The feminist movement has accomplished this: Many women, now, MUST hold a job outside the home even if they would RATHER be home because men are now expecting it of their wives. Quite the foolish "accomplishment" I say. Let's turn it around, ladies!!! Back to home-made children, bread, cookies and good old home-making. That's where the good life is. Been there, done that, and absolutely NO regrets!!!

    March 10, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. brenda

    Obama the Great Creator...of governement positions for all his friends, cronies. While private business is losing jobs the governement is gaining but who, in the end, pays for these jobs if no one is working to pay taxes?

    March 10, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. Steph

    Excellent decision. Ms. Jarrett, a professional and a mother, is a great person to advise the administration on pay equity and work-life balance issues.

    March 10, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. fearful for my country

    Awe. He finally found something to keep Michelle busy,

    March 10, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Great idea Mr President. Most of our women have insights which are vital for the building of a better society. Some women have been filling in for the absent fathers, and might be able to give some insights into dealing with some of those recalcitrant House members.

    March 10, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.......I was wondering when she would be thrown out into the open after a low profile stinit in Davos. Another useless, sleeveless appointee.

    March 10, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Kelsey

    Good! Finally a president who is actually going to do something about the issues facing women!!

    March 10, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How will this "presence" to "address issues" work? Try again on the Equal Rights Amendment? Find out why women are still not treated the same as men? Expand the political pandering philosophy of "no interest group left behind"?

    March 10, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Every woman deserves equality, especially in pay. I hope all the working women get theirs, I never got mine and it's too late.

    March 10, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. janet in ohio

    How about a Council on Women Grieving After an Abortion?

    March 10, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. R FROM PA

    Cant this be taken care of in a different dept. Do we need to create more government jobs and make the government even larger than it is? If all the tax dollars for the next few generations are going to pay for the stimulis bill(s), where is the money going to come from to pay for more government jobs?

    March 10, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. Perusing-through


    Rush Limbaugh's definition of a "Femi-Nazi" is a woman NOT belonging to any Right-wing Radical Extremist Republican groups. The Obama-Jarrett Woman's Council is in response to Limbaugh's dictatorship and will help transfer 10-million more Limbaugh female political moderate rejects" from the GOP to Obama by 2010, and another 10-million more in 2012.

    March 10, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. Marty, Grand Rapids

    One parent families (that tend to be working mothers) and parents who don't pay child support are a big problem for America. We do nothing to help support and develop the greatest resource we have in our country.

    I would like to see changes to FMLA (4 months+ of FMLA for the mother/parent), Child Support (The government should payout and collect child support. This way, the child always gets the money it needs and the government can work on tracking down the dead beat f needed), Child Care (Not sure what we can do here but good child care is hard to find and expensive. We, as a society, need to do more to make this more available to children).

    March 10, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. WE Shall Overcome

    Guess what Bruce? You don't have to read/comment on every story written. If you read the headline and find it irrelevant....don't read the story....good grief!

    March 10, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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