Trump, Trudeau to discuss women in workforce

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Feb 13, 2017

    Catherine Lucey writes, "President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will participate in a roundtable discussion about women in the workforce Monday, showing the rising policy influence of the first daughter who has stressed her commitment to issues like child care.

    A White House official said the two countries would launch a new task force called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs. The official said Trudeau's office reached out to discuss working on a joint effort, noting that this was seen as an area of shared interest between both leaders.

    Ivanka Trump, who has been a vocal advocate for policies benefiting working women, was involved in recruiting participants and setting the agenda for the meeting and will attend, the official said. Ivanka Trump stressed the importance of maternity leave and child care on the campaign trail, and has recently been meeting with business leaders to discuss those issues.

    The White House official said that Trump's economic agenda will include a 'focus on ensuring women enter and stay in the work force and addressing barriers facing female entrepreneurs.' The official requested anonymity to provide details in advance of the meeting.

    Advancing women has been a clear priority for Trudeau. In late 2015, he drew attention for naming a Cabinet that was 50 percent women, saying that he chose a group that 'looks like Canada.' Trump did not promise to appoint a gender-balanced Cabinet and has named a smaller number of women and minorities to top jobs."

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    Released: February 13, 2017, 12:57 pm
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