In 1995, Bill Clinton created a White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. And then, in the dark ages, it was disbanded. But today Obama cracks open the window just a smidge more by signing an executive order to establish the White House Council on Women and Girls, headed by longtime women's advocates Valerie Jarrett (also a close friend to Obama) and Tina Tchen.
"The mission of the Council will be to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families."
In December, 50 women's groups lobbied the president to create a bureau that was itself Cabinet-level, which this is not, but that doesn't mean anyone's complaining. Planned Parenthood "applauds" the move in a statement released earlier today. As Susan Scanlan of the National Council of Women’s Organizations told Politico's Josh Gerstein: "It's certainly more than we have had in the last eight years. We're pretty happy with this administration."
And so are we. If you are watching the news, or if you're a sentient being who can digest solid food, then you know there's not exactly an excess of reasons to celebrate. So let's enjoy this one, shall we?