Just when we thought President Obama had reached the ultimate in seizing extravagant power by appointing a Health Care Czar to exercise life-and-death surveillance over Medicare and Medicaid, Congress is now trying to give him a Czar with global powers. This would be a Czar over women's issues, worldwide. Based in the State Department, her statutory title will be "Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues." Her task will be to assure a "gender integration" perspective in all State Department policies and programs. The feminist movement in the United States has never been only about changing laws alleged to be discriminatory. Feminists yearn to dictate cultural norms and attitudes, too.
The breathtaking extension of her powers is openly stated in the bill's first section: "The Ambassador shall coordinate and advise, and where relevant lead State Department activities and policies, including gender integration and women's development internationally as relates to prevention and response." And if that's not enough, the feminist Ambassador will also be responsible for the "allocation of State Department resources" to carry out this mischief. That means she can have as much taxpayers' money as she demands.
Reinforcing her orders will be a "Women's Development Advisor" with a desk in the U.S. Agency for International Development. This is the same federal agency that sent millions of dollars to a radical feminist group in India called Women Power Connect, which used U.S. taxpayers' money to lobby for a 33 percent female quota in the Indian Parliament.
The vehicle for this latest pandering to the feminist left is the International Violence Against Women Act called I-VAWA. The lead sponsors are Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer. You'll be hearing more about this proposal in the next few weeks.
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