Moving to Action: The National Strategy On Gender Equity and Equality

The White House Gender Policy Council’s release of the National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality is a historic accomplishment that is the first-of-its-kind in the US. Its release is a crucial step toward addressing gender inequality and paves the way to further amplify our voices and solutions across generations, geography, gender and sectors to ensure its full and equitable implementation. Join the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Women and Girls and Ascend program for a briefing as we explore opportunities to advance and accelerate actions that propel women and families forward.

This conversation is the fifth episode of the Ascend Together webcast series, which delves into policy solutions for creating more equitable pathways for children and families.

EVENT INFORMATION

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm ET
Location: Virtual
Host: Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Aspen Institute’s Forum on Women and Girls

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Bio

Wendy Chun-Hoon serves as the 20th director of the Women’s Bureau, appointed by President Biden on February 1, 2021. Wendy is skilled at coalition building, bridging strategy across grassroots community organizing, and public sector policy making at state and national levels. She has held senior positions in Maryland state government and private philanthropy, overseeing large-scale, results-driven initiatives for worker and family economic justice.

For the past 10 years, Wendy’s led Family Values @ Work, a national network of grassroots coalitions that have won more than 60 new paid leave policies bringing new rights to 55 million workers and their loved ones and are organizing to win greater access to child care, and fair wages and employment conditions for workers. Recognizing the ways in which her own family would be excluded from new policies for paid time to care, Wendy spearheaded the development of the Family Justice Network, building cross-movement organizing among paid leave advocates, communities of color, groups working for reproductive and disability justice, equality for LGBTQ individuals, and organized labor that has made inclusive family recognition a hallmark of the paid leave movement. Under Wendy’s leadership, FV@W’s staff and board grew and are now majority women of color. She was also instrumental in bringing together dozens of organizations to form a coordinated national campaign known as Paid Leave for All.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Wendy graduated from Vassar College before earning master’s degrees in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. An avid soccer player, Wendy lives with her wife and their two kids in Silver Spring, MD.

 

Rebecca Dixon

Executive Director

National Employment Law Project

Bio

NELP is led by Executive Director Rebecca Dixon. Rebecca is a respected national leader in federal workers’ rights advocacy and in great demand for her thought leadership at the intersection of labor and racial equity. Prior to taking the helm in early 2020, Rebecca served on NELP’s Executive Management team as Chief of Programs.

Rebecca’s motivation for advancing workers’ rights and commitment to economic justice are deeply rooted in her lived experience growing up in rural Mississippi at the intersection of race, class, and gender—characteristics that have long defined our ability to participate in our democracy and economy. As the descendant of enslaved people and daughter of sharecroppers and domestic workers, Rebecca knows firsthand what is lost when workers of color are relegated to the lowest rungs of our labor market, without respect, rights, and protections.

In 2012, Rebecca was selected by the State of New York for its Empire State Leadership Fellows program and served in the Office of the Governor in its Labor and Civil Rights Division. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association; a board member at Americans for Financial Reform, the Coalition on Human Needs, and The American Prospect; and a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network in the South, the 2020 Aspen Institute SOAR Leadership Fellowship, and the 2021 National Academy of Social Insurance’s Unemployment Insurance Reform Working Group and COVID-19 Task Force.

Rebecca holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from Duke, and a JD from Duke University School of Law.

JenNifer Klein

Co-Chair & Executive Director

Gender Policy Council, The White House

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Jennifer Klein is Co-Chair and Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council and an advisory council member of the Brown University School of Public Health. She is the former Chief Strategy and Policy Officevr of TIME’S UP, former Deputy in the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State, and former Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

 

Anne Mosle

Vice President & Executive Director

The Aspen Institute’s Forum on Women and Girls and the Ascend program

Bio

Anne Mosle serves as a vice president of the Aspen Institute, executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and as co-chair of the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls. As a leader in building pathways to opportunity for children and families with low incomes, her expertise is in the sweet spot of policy, practice, and philanthropy, and she has been a catalytic force in the two-generation approach and leadership strategies for child and family well-being and prosperity. Prior to Aspen, Mosle was a vice president and officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she led Family Economic Security, Civic and Philanthropic Engagement, and Impact Investing teams investing $150M annually and was president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She serves on the board of American Public Human Services Association, Institute for Women’s Policy Research Institute as well as a trusted advisor to numerous community, public, private, and philanthropic efforts focused on creating intergenerational economic mobility. Mosle has been recognized with the national Jerry Friedman Human Services Leadership Award, Washingtonian of the Year, but most importantly by parents and families with low-incomes and of color as an unwavering champion and supporter of both their and their children’s success and potential.

Dr. Aisha Nyandoro

Chief Executive Officer

Springboard to Opportunities

Bio

Aisha Nyandoro is the Chief Executive Officer of Springboard To Opportunities. Springboard provides strategic, direct support to residents of affordable housing. The organization’s service delivery model uses a “radically resident-driven” approach designed to improve quality of life and end the generational poverty trajectory. Nyandoro has more than a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with limited resources. She has worked in various capacities—as an academic, evaluator, philanthropist, and nonprofit executive. These varied experiences have allowed her to better understand systems and policies that impact vulnerable communities. Prior to serving with Springboard, Aisha served as a Program Officer with the Foundation for the Mid South. Additionally, she led the Foundation’s place based initiative – Community of Opportunities. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a M.A. in Community Psychology and Urban Affairs and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University. She has received multiple honors, including recognition as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.

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Resources:

Fact Sheet: National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality

The Biden-Harris Administration issues first-ever national gender strategy to advance the full participation of all people – including women and girls – in the United States and around the world.

FUll publication: National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality

The White House’s National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality is the first-ever strategy on gender equity and equality from the U.S. government, and is a vital step towards truly achieving one of the country’s most core values, that all persons should be treated equally.

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