Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Everly Health makes an acquisition, Katie Couric “goes there” in her memoir, and the White House introduces the country’s first national gender strategy. Have a great weekend.
– Strategic planning. This morning the White House is breaking some news. For the first time, a U.S. presidential administration is putting forward a national strategy on gender equity and equality.
What does that mean, exactly? Included in the new strategy are priorities we’ve heard about before from the Biden-Harris administration: economic security for women; women’s health, including abortion rights; ending gender-based violence; and more. But adopting a cohesive strategy “mark[s] for ourselves and for the world that this is going to be a priority in the years to come,” White House Gender Policy Council cochair Jen Klein tells Fortune.
The strategy is both domestic and global, outlining priorities to support women’s rights in the U.S. and abroad. It takes a cue from Scandinavian countries’ national policies on gender equity as well as Canada’s longtime national gender strategy.
On a practical level, there are some steps the federal government will be required to take to help meet these big-picture goals. Within the next nine months, every federal agency will be required to “establish and prioritize” at least three goals that align with the strategy’s 10 stated priorities and come up with a plan to achieve them. Agencies much achieve at least one with only the resources they currently have available.
The Biden administration calls the strategy a “whole of government approach.” We’ve already seen at least one example of what that looks like. The Biden administration’s response to SB8, the six-week abortion ban in Texas, drew on many of the principles and processes outlined in this strategy, although the response took place before the gender strategy’s public release. The whole of government approach, in that case, meant directing the Justice Department to take legal action; increasing funding for clinics outside the state that are seeing an influx of patients; and clarifying regulations for providers in Texas. “It was a microcosm of the way we approach the work,” says Klein.
This gender strategy, however, is meant to be a long-term, wide-ranging plan, not just a method of rapid response to state legislation. “This moment demands a bold and united response—a commitment to do more than just rebuild to a status quo that wasn’t working for women and girls, but rather to build back better,” President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris wrote in a letter introducing the strategy.
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- Healthy deal. Everly Health, the telehealth and health testing company led by CEO Julia Cheek, has acquired Natalist, a women's health and fertility business led by CEO Vernita Brown and founded by Halle Tecco. Everly Health notes that the "multi-million-dollar exit" is one of few helmed by a Black female CEO and is especially rare in digital health. STAT News
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- Stately duties. Dame Cindy Kiro was sworn in as the first Māori woman to be New Zealand's governor-general, or Queen Elizabeth II's representative in the country, this week. And in Barbados, governor-general Dame Sandra Mason was elected president as the country prepares to become a republic and no longer recognize the Queen as its head of state.
- Going there. Katie Couric's new memoir has been making headlines for its "unflinching" look at her past, including stories that aren't always flattering to the former Today anchor. (There's her reflections on her years of friendship with Matt Lauer as well as her decision not to publish comments made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that Couric thought made Ginsburg look bad.) This profile dives into Couric's complicated legacy. The Cut
- Still struggling. Months after the Tokyo Olympics, Simone Biles's battle with "the twisties" hasn't gone away on its own. In an interview yesterday, the gymnastics star shared how she's still struggling with her mental health—and how it's continued to affect her sport. Today
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