President-elect Donald Trump’s transition squad sent shockwaves through the U.S. State Department this week with an strange memo in the hunt for particulars and the roles of those working on programs that advocate for women and showcase gender equality.
The memo was released to the New York Times on Thursday, and the newspaper documented that it troubled even senior officials. The memo followed a related request to the Department of Energy, which wanted the names of those working on climate change. Fearing a “climate purge,” the agency rejected to supply any names.
The New York Times detailed the recent memo:
The one-page memo, a copy of which was supplied to The New York Times on Thursday, instructed employees to outline “existing programs and activities to promote gender equality, such as ending gender-based violence, promoting women’s participation in economic and political spheres, entrepreneurship, etc.”
It also asked for a list of roles “whose primary functions are to promote such issues”-though not the names of individuals in those positions-in addition to how much funding was aimed to gender-related programs in 2016. The United States Agency for International Development also got the request, based on a senior official there.
The Los Angeles Times mentioned that the memo also wanted details on “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding.” State Department employees explained to the New York Times that the vocabulary “could also refer to programs focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, though the memo did not refer specifically to them.”
“People are freaked out,” a State Department official said to the LA Times.
Trump’s competitor for the presidency, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, championed numerous gender equality programs during her period as secretary of state, and experts speculated that Clinton’s link to those programs might be the motive behind the transition team’s request.
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who will be the highest ranking women on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, forcefully attacked the details of the memo.
“In light of previous requests made by the Trump transition team, today’s report that the incoming administration is requesting all information related to State Department programs that promote gender equality is concerning and the transition team should clarify their intent,” stated Shaheen in a statement Thursday.
“I pledge to work with the incoming Administration to advance policies that support and protect women and girls worldwide, but I can promise that if the next administration intends to roll back programs designed to lift women up, it will very quickly meet stiff opposition in the Senate,” Shaheen stated.
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