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What has the current administration done to help boys and men?

July 20, 2012


 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

View PDF version.


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.



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16 Responses to What has the current administration done to help boys and men?

  1. Ray on July 24, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    “What has the current administration done to help boys and men?”

    Still thinking… Still thinking… Still thinking…

    Nope, can’t think of anything he’s done to help boys and men – certainly not to any degree like he has made effort after effort to please his gender feminist, whip crackers. Yes, they crack the whip and he jumps.

    • Truth on September 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      thats becuase he was most likley brain washed by his own mother…. almost all women are pathetic and sexist…. and sadly that goes for most of our mothers too.

  2. Ivan on July 22, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Obama and Hilary the Feminatzi Clinton are discousting !!
    Don’t go to the Army ,don’t fight for a country that does not respect you and treats you like durt. Don’t go to the Army piriod . Send them a Masage !!!

  3. sabine on July 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    When are men going to speak out? And where are the women who love them?

  4. HowardG on July 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    This list things Obama did for women forgot the “Dear Colleague Letter” that essentially makes any college male guilty upon accusation of rape, dating violence, stalking, or domestic violence.
    Here is an insight to what will happen immediately after he wins the next election, should he win:

    And here is Obama’s take on helping men: oops- that’s right he finds it a great American accomplishment that men and boys have seen their numbers dwindle in education.

  5. Jerry B on July 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Don’t think it will make a difference one way or another… If you vote Romney/Bush you get endless wars, prison industrial complex and tax breaks to companies that don’t create US jobs. Men’s movement has to figure out ways to move forward regardless of whose in office…

    • Masculist Man on July 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      We have a pro-male candidate teetering. It seems as though Dan Matthews is flip-flopping. He’s taken down his webpage where he states he wants to hold women accountable for falsely accusing men of crimes. This is the site in question: Now let’s go to my site,especially the words in blue which quote Matthews: Some feminazis may have gotten to him so it is up to us to counteract what they have done. Dan Matthews can be contacted here:

      • Eric Ross, PhD on July 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        I wouldn’t vouch for what he really thinks and feels, but for a US politician to openly proclaim his anti-gender-feminist views (or oppose any form of feminism) is politically suicidal. When he sticks his neck out for men, his head is blown off, as there are no men out there to protect him.

        Instead of going after him, try to build a sizable voter block to help him, and remind him why you are doing it in a private conversation.

    • Eric Ross, PhD on July 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Who is at the helm makes tremendous difference. I suggests studying the role of personality in history. Obama is anti-male. Period.

      I agree, that otherwise, the men’s movement will have to fight for survival of the male of the species,regardless of the administration. The profound truth is that:

      “while democratic discourse constantly represents the electoral process as a canvassing of the will of the people, in reality political and media institutions police the field of acceptable alternatives so strictly that the choices that can be made are rudimentary at best. Moreover, the participation of multinational elites and large-scale capital flows in the political process means that individual electorates are always pitted against forces much larger than they are.” Greg Afinogenof, Ph.D. Historian in Harvard University, whom I knew since he was six.

  6. Ed on July 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Guilty by penis again. This gets old real quick.

  7. Eric Ross, PhD on July 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Barack Obama speech on Fathers Day in 2008:

    “… We’ll admit that what [sic] too many fathers also are is [sic] missing – missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.” – Really?

    Or listen to his phony “folksy” quip on 2010 Fathers Day:

    “Too many of our men brag about doing the stuff they’re supposed to do. They say, ‘I’m not in jail!’ Well, you’re not supposed to be in jail!”

    Really? The US jails more men than any country in the world. The US has a dubious distinction of being by far No. 1 in absolute and per capita number of prisoners:

    • Masculist Man on July 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Really? The US jails more men than any country in the world. The US has a dubious distinction of being by far No. 1 in absolute and per capita number of prisoners:

      That’s due to the war on drugs given to us by Nancy Reagan and the old crow is still alive. Evil never dies.

      • Eric Ross, PhD on July 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        Richard Nixon coined the phrase “the War on Drugs”. However, anti-drug laws in the US go back to 1914, and Nixon repealed the mandatory 2-10 year sentences for possession of small doze of marijuana. These sentencing laws go back to the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act of 1935, publicly supported by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

        Both political parties have been riding their hobby horse of jailing people for such non-violent crimes. I doubt that Nancy had too much to contribute.

  8. Ray on July 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Yet, many men will still vote for him. Are they ignorant, stupid, masochistic, or just suicidal?

    • Eric Ross, PhD on July 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM


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