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Department Support for the White House Council on Women and Girls


On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls. The Council and its staff work to ensure that offices across the federal government consider the issues of women and families during policy development. The Council will also work as a resource for each agency and the White House so that there is a comprehensive approach to the federal government's policy on women and girls.


To support the priorities of the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Homeland Security is dedicated to ensuring that the Department considers the unique needs and concerns of women and girls as we work in the interest of the nation in all aspects of the homeland security mission. 

Current Status and Future Goals

This report is Homeland Security's first submission to the White House Council on Women and Girls, identifying current work and new opportunites that focus on the needs of women and girls.

June 1, 2010 - Current Status and Future Goals Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls (PDF, 9 pages - 78 KB)

Featured Initiatives

Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at the Women in Law Enforcement Ceremony

Secretary Napolitano stands with honorees from the Women in Law Enforcement Ceremony at U.S. Secret Service Headquarters (DHS Photo/Bahler)

On March 24th, 2010, Secretary Napolitano delivered remarks to female law enforcement agents and officers from across the Department at the U.S. Secret Service’s headquarters—honoring the service and sacrifices of women in law enforcement on our nation’s frontlines every day as part of the Obama administration’s commemoration of National Women’s History Month.

During her remarks, Secretary Napolitano talked about her own career as a woman in law enforcement—including her tenure as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, the first female Attorney General of Arizona, Governor of Arizona and the first woman to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security—and highlighted the talent and leadership of more than 35,000 women in law enforcement positions across the Department.

During the ceremony, Secretary Napolitano honored the exemplary service of women from the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The event included a presentation of the U.S. Secret Service Valor Award to the family of Special Agent Julie Y. Cross, the first female Secret Service agent to die in the line of duty, on June 4, 1980.

Secretary Napolitano and Girl Scouts of the USA Announce New Preparedness Patch

Secretary Napolitano with members of the Girl Scouts of America

On September 8, 2009, Secretary Janet Napolitano and Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger unveiled a Girl Scout preparedness patch —designed to engage Girl Scouts and their families in personal preparedness for all emergencies—and announced a new affiliation between Citizen Corps and the Girl Scouts to advance community preparedness nationwide.

The preparedness patch program, developed by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provides critical emergency preparedness information and activities for all levels of Girl Scouts.


Council Member: Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security

Last Published Date: February 27, 2014
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