Bipartisan team of senators join forces to back ‘Ivanka’s law’ making the economic empowerment of women a priority of US foreign policy
- Senators Lindsey Graham and Jeanne Shaheen will back the proposed law
- Would formalize Ivanka’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative
- Proposes to make women’s empowerment a top US foreign policy goal
- Bill was announced on Wednesday at a State Department event
Two senators – one Republican and one Democrat – are leading a legislative effort to have a global women’s initiative spearheaded by President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka written into law.
Senators Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, are behind the effort, Ivanka Trump announced at a State Department event Wednesday.
The proposed legislation would make the economic empowerment of women a priority of U.S. foreign policy and ensure that Ivanka’s pet project, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, continues beyond the Trump administration.
It would also establish an Office of Women’s Empowerment at the State Department.
Ivanka Trump holds up a report as she hosts an event with US Secretary of State Mike celebrating the one-year anniversary of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State
Senators Lindsey Graham (left), a South Carolina Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen (right), a New Hampshire Democrat, are behind the effort to formalize the initiative into law
Ivanka Trump said the legislation is a ‘long overdue goal.’
The Graham-Shaheen bill must pass both the Republican-led Senate and the Democratic-controlled House before the president sign it into law.
Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., will sponsor the companion House legislation.
The State Department event was attended by several high-level administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, along with members of Congress and others.
Separately, Ivanka Trump announced that the initiative had reached 12 million women around the globe in the year since it was launched in February 2019.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump host an event celebrating the one-year anniversary of Ivanka’s women’s initiative
Legislators and Trump administration officials are seen at the event on Wednesday
The program has a goal of helping 50 million women in developing nations advance economically by 2025.
Nearly 2 million women have participated in U.S.-supported workforce training and development programs, and more than 9,000 women-led businesses have received more than $1.6 billion in U.S. government-backed loans.
Ivanka Trump has promoted the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative during visits to Africa and South America.
She plans to discuss opportunities for women in business at events in Dubai later this week.