A f ew weeks ago someone suggested that we develop a timeline of all the good things the current adminstration has done for men as well as women.
But we need some help. We were astonished that we could not find anything the current administration has done to help either boys or men, meaning all boys and all men. Nothing. Surely there are many such things. We just can’t find them.
Fotunately, we stumbled upon the Feminiists for Obama list of “major achievements for Women, Children, and Civil & Human Rights“ which saved us a good deal of work since we didn’t have to do the research. The list is below.
Please, if you know of something the current administration has done to help all boys and all men send it our way. We’ll compile a list like the one below. NCFM is non partisan and we strongly feel a fair and balanced perspective is critical lest things become a bit precarious.
Timeline of President Obama’s Major Achievements for Women, Children, and Civil & Human Rights
Nominates Hillary Clinton to Secretary of State
Obama announces nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Confirmed by the Senate on Jan 21, 2009. Secretary Clinton has put the issues and rights of women around the globe in the forefront of US foreign policy.
Issues Executive Order Repealing Global Gag Rule
Issues an executive order repealing the Global Gag Rule, which prohibited overseas family planning programs that receive US aid from using non-US monies for abortion counseling, advocacy, and/or referrals.
Pledges and does restore funding of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Restores funding of programs that improve access and quality of reproductive health care including family planning, prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula, and the prevention of STDS such as HIV/AIDS.
Nominates First Woman Solicitor General
Obama nominates Elena Kagan to solicitor general. She is confirmed on March 29th.
Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Ledbetter Act corrects the Roberts Supreme Court decision that gutted the ability of women workers to sue for wage discrimination under Title VII.
Signs the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 (SCHIP)
Expands government health insurance to cover 11 million children.
Passes Economic Stimulus Package
Saves and creates jobs in traditionally women-heavy fields- health care, child care, and education- in $787 billion economic stimulus package; also increases Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment benefits. Saves some 400,000 teachers’ jobs and estimated to save or create 3.7 million jobs, 1.5 million or 42% of which are for women.
Appoints Most Diverse Cabinet in History
On this date, Kathleen Sebelius becomes the 7th woman appointed to Obama’s cabinet, joining Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Department of State
Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency Ambassador Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Administrator Karen G. Mills, Small Business Administration. Obama’s cabinet is the most diverse cabinet in history, with the highest number of women named to the cabinet or cabinet level positions in a first term.
Institutes New Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Creates White House Council on Women and Girls
Council is responsible for coordinating federal response to the challenges facing women and girls. Council chair is Valerie Jarrett and Executive Director is Tina Tchen.
Signs FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act
Reinstates low-cost birth control availability at college health centers and at some 400 clinics serving low-income women.
Supports UN Declaration on Human Rights
Pledges to sign UN declaration to decriminalize homosexuality, which President Bush refused to sign.
Appoints first Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
Melanne S. Verveer became the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Ambassador Verveer is Director of the Department of State’s first Office on Global Women’s Issues.
Nominates Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court
She becomes the third woman and first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court.
Appoints Advisor on Violence Against Women
Lynn Rosenthal is appointed as first White House violence against women advisor.
Announces US Will Sign United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
President Obama announces the US will sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Signed
Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations, signs the United Nations Convention (Treaty) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the UN Headquarters.
Ends HIV Travel Ban and Signed Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
Starting in 1987, foreign nationals with HIV were banned from obtaining US visas or becoming permanent citizens. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act increases funding for HIV programs and continues funding the Minority AIDS Initiative.
Signs the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Act
The act includes several major gains for women’s health and civil liberties and eliminates traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs.
Creates Equal Pay Task Force
Identifies weaknesses in current strategy, creates action plans to eliminate pay gap, and coordinates efforts between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, and the Office of Personnel Management.
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
The act strengthens Pell Grants, increases investment and support of community colleges, MSIs, and HCUs, and improves federal student loans.
Signs Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Commonly Known as Obamacare
This historic measure will provide health care insurance coverage to some 32 million uninsured people, including expanding Medicaid to an additional 16 million people, and closes the donut hole for the Medicare drug program. The ACA ends sex discrimination in health insurance, especially pricing discrimination for women who, on the average, pay 48% more than men for the same policy. It increases access to preventive care, including cancer screenings and contraception, without co-pays or deductibles. It also mandates maternity and prenatal coverage.
Issues Presidential Memorandum on Hospital Visitation Rights
Reinforces patients’ visitation rights and right to designate visitors. Also reinforces that hospitals cannot deny visitation based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or nationality.
Strengthens Title IX
Rescinds Bush-era sports policy regulation of Title IX that would have weakened programs for women athletes.
Nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court
Kagan becomes the fourth female justice to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
Extends Same-Sex Partner Benefits
Signs memorandum extending benefits, including health care coverage, to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Unveils National HIV/AIDS Strategy
This is the first large-scale domestic AIDS relief program, aimed at lowering incidence of infection, increasing access to care, and promoting regular testing. The plan focuses on gay men, minorities, and women, all of whom have a higher incidence of the disease in the United States.
Signed Tribal Law and Order Act
Increases communication between federal, state, and tribal law enforcement in order to help combat high rates of sexual assault and violence on Native American reservations.
Signs Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Act expands current hate crimes law to include violence based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. This is the first time women are included.
Repeals Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Repeals policy that had prohibited the military from inquiring about a service member’s sexual orientation and called for the discharge of anyone who acknowledges being lesbian or gay.
Repeals “Conscience” Rules
Rescinds the “conscience” rules, first instituted under the Bush administration, that granted protections to medical providers who refused to provide abortions, sterilization, in-vitro fertilization, and other medical procedures, such as care to AIDS patients, due to moral objections.
Names Woman as White House Counsel
Names Kathryn Ruemmler White House Counsel, making her the second female White House Counsel in US history.
Announces Support of Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
DOMA defines marriage as between one man and one woman and denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages, as well as the legal benefits attached to marriage, including Social Security survivors’ benefits, family and medical leave, and immigration rights.
Issues Executive Order to Increase Diversity
Order aims to increase diversity in federal government. Obama also commended for diversity in federal appointments- 21% of appointees are African American and nearly 50% are women. Obama has also appointed more openly gay US officials than any other president.
Introduces American Jobs Act
Act would benefit women by preventing about 280,000 teachers’ layoffs, 900,000 women owned small businesses and numerous non-profit organizations whose workforces are largely comprised of women would benefit from a 50% cut in employer payroll taxes.
Establishes National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security
Plan formalizes the nation’s commitment to promoting women’s role in conflict prevention and resolution.
Supports and Achieves Change in Definition of Rape
Supports FBI’s change in definition of rape, dropping the word “forcible.” The new definition is: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Does Not Broaden Religious Exemption for Birth Control Coverage
Employers, even religiously affiliated employers, must provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans without co-pays or deductibles. Only Houses of Worship are exempt from the ACA requirement. In an accommodation, the administration announced that if a religiously-affiliated institute objects, the insurance company or a third party administrator will provide the coverage for contraception directly to the employee or student without institutional involvement.
Issues Memo Addressing Domestic Violence in Federal Agencies
Memo requires federal agencies to create comprehensive policies to assist employees who are victims of domestic violence.
Supports Same Sex Marriage
Becomes the first President to publicly support same sex marriage.
Requests Senate Ratify United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
President Obama officially requests that the US Senate ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Announces Change in Immigration Policy to No Longer Seek Deportation of Young Undocumented Immigrants
Undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 without criminal records who came to the US as children will no longer be deported, but instead will be allowed to apply for work permits.
Nominates and Senate Confirms Another Woman Federal Judge
The Senate confirms Mary Geiger Lewis to the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Obama has nominated more women to the federal bench than any other president in history, with some 41% of his nominees women and 45% of those nominees confirmed. Of the nominees, 35% have been people of color.
Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upholds the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act – an historic advance for women that will protect the lives and health of millions of women and their families each year and make our nation stronger and healthier.
Preventive Care Package of ACA (Obamacare) Goes into Effect
The preventive care package for new insurance plans or policies, requiring no co-pays or deductible goes into effect. It includes cancer screenings, e.g. mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopies, STI testing, and counseling; all FDA approved contraceptives (birth control pills, IUDs, injectables); well woman visits; prenatal care, breastfeeding supplies and counseling; and domestic violence screening and counseling.