The Biden-Harris administration released its National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, which is designed to “address longstanding gender discrimination and the systemic barriers to full participation that have held back women and girls.” The strategy requires every federal agency to “establish and prioritize” goals toward this end, as well as a plan to execute them.

We are grateful to see public authorities finally taking necessary actions to put gender equality on the national agenda. We’ll be watching closely as agencies roll out their goals and implementation plans over the next several months. Here’s what we hope to see:

  • comprehensive disclosure of workforce demographics and pay by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
  • required paid leave;
  • comprehensive disclosure of human resources policies and performance, including pay equity, by the SEC;
  • national goals and accountability for diversity on boards of directors; and
  • a Department of Labor Women’s Bureau review of all laws, policies and federal directives as they affect women of racial and ethnic minority groups and recommendations for how to remove barriers and advance these women.

Of course, these steps won’t solve the longstanding problem of inequality all at once, but they could be important milestones, and we are thankful to see our public sector make this meaningful step in the right direction.


Julie Gorte, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing

Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Impax Funds.

She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.

Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes a various number of roles. Julie spent nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Additionally, she has held the roles of Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, and Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.

Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.

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