Collaboration Between the Women's Legislative Network and the White House Council on Women and Girls
Members of the Women's Legislative Network met with staff of the White House Council on Women and Girls during the NCSL Spring Forum in Washington, D.C. on April 8. Network President Representative Elsie Arntzen, Montana, Representative Sheryl Allen, Utah, and Representative Janice Pauls, Kansas, along with NCSL staff, discussed the work they and their legislative colleagues are doing to improve the lives of women and girls around the country. The purpose of the meeting was to explore possibilities for collaboration that will strengthen both organizations' missions. The Network is dedicated to promoting the participation, empowerment, and leadership of women legislators. The Council's purpose is to ensure that each federal agency takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support. Tina Tchen, the director of the Council, Council Deputy Director Jennifer Kaplan, and Intergovernmental Affairs Deputy Associate Director Nicholas Rathod shared some of the Council's recent work. The White House had convened a Forum on Workplace Flexibility the week before, at which leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors highlighted innovative practices for balancing work, family and community. The Council plans to replicate the forums around the country and will work with the Network to ensure that state legislators are included in those meetings. The Network and the Council agree it is important to include the bipartisan voices of state legislators who represent constituents from all types of communities in any discussion of policies or programs that affect women and families.
Updates and more information about the ongoing conversation between the Network and the Council will be posted here. Check back often! Please contact Katie Ziegler, the Network's program manager, with any questions or to get involved.
The White House Council on Women and Girls
Video Archive of the March 31 Forum on Workplace Flexibility
Workplace Flexibility: Continue the Conversation. Includes the Work-Flex Event Starter Kit, with resources for hosting an event in your state.
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