The energy industries need to embrace gender equality in light of Joe Biden’s new gender-based executive order

To join in the spirit of celebrating women during this year’s International Women’s Day, President Joe Biden signed an executive order creating a new gender-based council dubbed the White House Gender Policy Council. The committee is a replacement of the Obama-era White House Council on Women and Girls.

Through this council, the government will advance the equality of opportunity by eradicating systematic biases and favoritism against women. The government mandates the board to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to upscale economic support, promote gender equity in governance and prevent prejudice against women. The council will also support drives that empower women.

Similarly, the renewable energy sector supports gender equality in employment and leadership positions in energy industries. The cleaner energy sector has proved its ambition to end prejudice against women. For instance, the American Renewable Sector boasts 32% women in its workforce compared to 22% in the more significant energy sector. This value is a clear indication that women participate more in energy issues and decisions through renewable energy.

Besides, the renewable industry houses a couple of actions geared towards achieving gender equity. Women have come together to support other women in the industry. Unions and private companies have also embraced women as part of the renewable energy dialogue and action.

Some of the initiatives include Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE). This program backs women in education, professional, and development spaces, a drive that seeks to advance women in the green energy sector and fight gender-based prejudice.

Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network is another program that also fights for women’s rights in the green energy sector. Women in the renewables space have joined hands to create this network in a bid to dismantle existing structural gender inequalities propagated by climate change.

There is also the Women in Renewables, a substitute of the Clean Energy Council. This program provides a platform through which women working in the green energy industry back each other in seeking leadership positions in the energy space. Other initiatives include Powered by Women, the American Solar Energy Society, and the US Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative.

The new council will consist of two co-chairs and other officials from selected agencies. The secretary of energy and his transport counterpart will also be members as well as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will also be part of this committee. All the above policyholders will shape the future of the renewable sector regarding gender roles.

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