"The United States is filled with great hope that our daughters, and the daughters of all nations, will continue to serve as leaders in the pursuit of our collective well-being and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential."~ President Barack Obama
On Wednesday March 11, 2009, President Obama created a "White House Council on Women and Girls" that will be headed by one of his senior advisors and close friend, Valerie Jarrett. The President's executive order came a week after he issued a proclamation declaring March as Women's History Month, a celebration that began with the first "Women's History Week" in 1978 initiated by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission that was expanded with a 1987 National Women's History Month Resolution passed by Congress.
"The Council will provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families," a statement from the White House said.