Obama Creates White House Women's Council

Panel will help coordinate Cabinet-level policy on women's issues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 6:23 AM CDT
President Barack Obama walks with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as they return to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – President Obama will sign an executive order today creating a White House panel to advise on women's issues, the Washington Post reports. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will head the White House Council on Women and Girls, which will be tasked with coordinating government policy regarding women and families. A similar panel created by President Clinton was disbanded when George W. Bush took office.