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White House

White House Council on Women and Girls

To ensure that each of the agencies in which they're charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, the legislation they support" and that the true purpose of our government is "to ensure that in America, all things are still possible for all people.
White House Council on Women and Girls


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Women in Development

Provides technical assistance to USAID missions and develops approaches to new and emerging issues; sponsors projects on education, economic growth, trafficking, and violence against women that promote women's development.


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Women, Infants and Children Program

Provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.


U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Studies and collects information relating to discrimination or a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.

Appraises federal laws and policies with respect to discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.

Serves as a national clearinghouse for information in respect to discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Women’s Health (OWH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Serves as a champion for women's health both within and outside the agency. Works to correct gender disparities in drug, device, and biologics testing and regulation policy; monitors progress of priority women's health initiatives; and partners with government and consumer groups, health advocates, professional organizations, and industry to promote women's health.

Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Serves as a focal point for women's health research at the NIH; promotes, stimulates, and supports efforts to improve women's health through biomedical and behavioral research on the roles of sex and gender in health and disease; works in partnership with the NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure that women’s health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community; advises the NIH Director and staff on matters relating to research on women’s health; strengthens and enhances research related to diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women; ensures that research conducted and supported by NIH adequately addresses issues regarding women’s health; ensures that women are appropriately represented in biomedical and biobehavioral research studies supported by NIH; develops opportunities for and supports recruitment, retention, re-entry, and advancement of women in biomedical careers; and supports research on women’s health issues.

The Office on Women’s Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary

Provides leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches. The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.


U.S. Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women

Provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.

Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force (TPWETF)

(TPWETF) was established to provide a coordinated, government-wide effort to prevent trafficking in persons and worker exploitation throughout the United States. The Task Force is co-chaired by the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, and by the Solicitor of the Department of Labor, and includes other federal agencies that encounter worker issues.

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Correctional Program Division, Female Offender Branch

The Female Offender Branch develops activities and programs designed to assist female inmates in developing necessary skills to facilitate successful reintegration into the community and to ensure institution security, safety of staff and inmates, and orderly institution operations.

Civil Rights Division — Criminal Section

Has the primary enforcement responsibility for the involuntary servitude and peonage statutes. It works closely with the FBI, U.S. Attorneys Offices, and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section to investigate and prosecute cases of trafficking in persons and worker exploitation. The Civil Rights Division also funds and staffs the national complaint line for reporting trafficking crimes.

Office for Victims of Crime

Offers victim support, protection services, prosecutorial and law enforcement strategies, and education resources to trafficking victims and victim service providers. OVC also offers funding to provide direct services to victims of trafficking under programs like the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Grant Program.


U.S. Department of Labor

Women’s Bureau

Serves as a public policy advocate for working women to improve their status, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Office of Women's Business Ownership Entrepreneurial Development

Promotes women-owned businesses through business training and technical assistance and provides access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.


U.S. Department of State

Office of International Women’s Issues

Serves as the Department's coordinating body for all foreign policy issues related to the political, economic, and social advancement of women in democracy worldwide. Recognizing that the full and equal participation of women in the political, economic, and social spheres of society is a key ingredient for democratic development, the mandate of this Office is to mobilize concrete support for greater women's empowerment, promote greater awareness of gender-based violence and discrimination, and to ensure that women's human rights are considered along with, not segregated from, other human rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy.

Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Coordinates U.S. participation in U.N. bodies that deal with human rights, humanitarian relief and refugees, women's issues, trafficking in persons, and disability issues.

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Coordinates international anti-trafficking efforts across the U.S. government and publishes the Trafficking in Persons Report.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Center for Women Veterans

Ensures that women veterans have access to VA benefits and services on a par with male veterans; VA programs are responsive to gender-specific needs; outreach is performed to improve women veterans’ awareness of services, benefits, and eligibility criteria; and women veterans are treated with dignity and respect.