Janet Yellen Accepts Nomination as First Woman Treasury Secretary: “It’s Essential We Move With Urgency”

In nominating Janet Yellen to be the next treasury secretary of the United States and tasking her to oversee the biggest economy in the world, President-Elect Joe Biden named the first woman ever appointed to the position.

“The value of work always stuck with me. So much so that I became an economist because I was concerned about the toll of unemployment on people, families and communities. And I’ve spent my career trying to make sure people can work and achieve the dignity and self-worth that comes with it,” Yellen said on Dec. 1, accepting her nomination in a moving speech.

Neera Tanden Tapped for OMB Director: “I’m Here Today Because of Social Programs”

On Dec. 1, Neera Tanden accepted the position as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and laid out the importance of the OMB, which oversees financial decisions within the executive branch.

“We relied on food stamps to eat; we relied on Section 8 housing vouchers to pay the rent; we relied on the social safety net to get back on our feet,” she continued. “This country gave her a fair shot to reach the middle class, and she made it work.”

Expert Voices: Redressing Gender Imbalances, One Panel (or “Manel”) at a Time

The energy sector in Mexico is known for its gender imbalance. While women are underrepresented in board of directors in all sectors, the energy sector is worse, with only 3% female participation.

In order to support women’s advancement to the upper echelons of the industry, a group of prominent women in the sector have formed an advocacy organization called Voz Experta. The organization aims to advocate for its members to balance out expert panels composed only of men, or “manels.”

The Need To Resource Feminist Movements Has Never Been Greater. Where’s the Money for Feminist Organizing?

AWID’s latest funding analysis show that 99% of development aid and foundation grants do not reach women’s rights and feminist organizations. WROs receive only 0.12% of the total Official Development Assistance and 0.4% of all gender-related aid. 48% of women’s rights and feminist organizations in the Global South operate on limited annual budgets of $30,000 or less.

Yet the urgency to adequately resource the full diversity of the ecosystem of feminist movements has never been greater.

What Women Can Expect from a Biden Presidency: On Work and Family

The work and family prong of Biden’s agenda for women includes high-quality, affordable child care for all families; free universal kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds; support for increased access to after-school, weekend and summer programs; programs to care for older Americans and people with disabilities; paid family and medical leave; and flexible, fair work schedules.

(This piece is the third of a multi-part series covering President-Elect Biden’s platform for women. New installations of the series will be released on Wednesdays.)