By Jueseppi B.
This week, I was honored to join a first-of-its-kind meeting at the White House: a roundtable of business leaders and advocates called upon to discuss building public-private partnerships aimed at helping end domestic violence and sexual assault in the United States. The meeting served as an opportunity to share strategies and concrete steps companies can take to address violence in their workplaces and communities.
During the gathering, we heard from several companies that are working to improve the status quo, including Avon, Macy’s, Allstate, Viacom, and Kaiser Permanente.
The need for action could not be more urgent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five women is the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. In fact, 60% of Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Not only does domestic violence affect victims and families; it can also harm entire communities and the nation. More than 8 million paid days of work are lost every year because of domestic violence, and even by conservative estimates, domestic violence costs our economy more than $8 billion a year in lost productivity, health, and mental health costs alone.
Since day one, the Obama administration has worked hard to combat violence against women. Vice President Biden has championed many of the administration’s efforts, including helping create new campaigns to reach teens and young adults, and working to build new initiatives to reduce domestic violence homicides. And to lead by example, President Obama has directed federal agencies to develop policies to address domestic violence and sexual assault in the federal workforce. Recently, President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
The White House’s commitment coincides with NO MORE’s goal of bringing together corporations to increase support for domestic violence and sexual assault programs. A collaboration of corporations and nonprofit organizations, NO MORE seeks to normalize the conversation around these issues and end the stigma, shame, and silence of domestic violence and sexual assault. Bringing the NO MORE campaign to White House for this important conversation was a reminder that working together can help end violence against women.
The spirit of yesterday’s gathering can be summed up by something President Obama once said about domestic violence:
We need to make sure every victim of domestic violence knows that they are not alone; that there are resources available to them in their moment of greatest need. And as a society, we need to ensure that if a victim of abuse reaches out for help, we are there to lend a hand. This is not just the job of government. It’s a job for all of us.
We the Geeks: Women Role Models
We the Geeks: Women Role Models
Streamed live on Mar 20, 2014
Tune in tomorrow at 1pm ET for a #WeTheGeeks Hangout on Women Role Models, where women leaders in #STEM will share their stories and advice to inspire the next generation of young women leaders →http://wh.gov/lVu6h #WomenSucceed
In order for the United States to continue to lead the world in innovation and reap the health, security, and economic benefits offered by cutting-edge discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we must engage the nation’s full talent pool in these growing fields, including America’s girls and women.
On Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the White House will host another episode of “We the Geeks,” this time focused on “Women Role Models.” Tune in to this Google+ Hangout to hear from women and girl STEM leaders as they share their stories and advice to inspire the next generation of young women to discover their inner geeks and become the inventors and leaders of tomorrow.
- Kari Byron, host of the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters and Science Channel’s Head Rush
- Amanda Wills, Associate Managing Editor, Mashable
- Jacqueline Howard, host/producer of The Huffington Post’s “Talk Nerdy to Me” and associate editor of HuffPost Science
- Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist
- Debbie Sterling, CEO, GoldieBlox
- Courtney Robinson, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Howard University
- Ma’Kese Wesley and Isis Thompson, young inventors, FIRST LEGO League competitors and White House Science Fair attendees
Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks. And you can view the hangout Thursday at 1 p.m. ET by visiting www.WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, and in addition to this We the Geeks, we at the White House have targeted a series of activities aimed at increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM. Research shows that outstanding women mentors and role models can break down stereotypes and help girls believe — by seeing — that they too can succeed in STEM education and careers. So we have a number of exciting activities lined up, throughout March, to showcase exceptional STEM women who can serve as role models to young people, especially girls, and inspire them to excel in STEM education and careers.
As an early kick-off, last Tuesday, OSTP’s Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs Patricia Falcone participated in an event around the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the U.S. National Council-UN Women. At this event in New York City, Dr. Falcone joined an exceptional group of women to amplify a call to action for external organizations and companies to join the administration’s efforts in this domain, in particular through the work of the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) and the White House Working Families Summit planned for later in 2014. And next week, on Monday, March 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council will host a Twitter Q&A to answer questions focused on helping women in STEM fields move from the lab to launch their own companies, including advice from women who have successfully made this transition.
In addition, throughout March, the CWG has published a series of blog posts highlighting progress to meet the CWG’s charge to ensure that the needs of women and girls are taken into account across federal agencies in the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support, while underscoring that more work needs to be done. Each day this week, you can read about the incredible work being done through blog posts by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Energy and Transportation, among others, here.
Outside of Women’s History Month activities, the Obama administration continues to take steps to ensure that America’s innovators, scientists, and engineers tap into our nation’s full talent pool of stellar STEM women, including bypromoting educational programs and environments that encourage the participation of women and girls in STEM fields; increasing opportunities for STEM mentorship to support young women throughout their STEM careers; and raising the profile of accomplished women and girls in STEM through digital platforms at the White House, and across agencies (check out Women@NASA and Women@Energy).
Check back right here throughout the remainder of March for more information about ways we are working to inspire the next generation of women and girl STEM innovators, and share your own stories about being amazing women and girls in STEM online using #STEMwomen.
White House Climate Data Initiative Launch
Published on Mar 20, 2014
The White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration highlight the Administration’s commitment to empowering America’s communities with the information they need to prepare for the impacts of climate change, including new announcements on using data-driven technologies and open government data to strengthen our Nation’s ability to prepare for the effects of climate change today and in the future. March 19, 2014.