Democratic Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand supports creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men—joins Candidate Andrew Yang, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and conservative commentators in recognizing that there is a National Boy Crisis

Kirsten Gillibrand told Warren Farrell, the chairman of a multi-partisan coalition calling for a White House Council on Boys and Men, “I think we need a national commission because I think it’s real.” She was referring to the problem of how society fails our boys.

Gillibrand wants children to have more access to resources such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters: “So much, particularly for boys, is they need role models, they need mentors as girls do, but especially in those teen years. It is an issue that I will focus on as President of the United States to make sure all of our children thrive.” Full video interview here:

Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang said, the proposed Council’s emphasis on the education of boys deserves support:  “I have two young boys myself, For whatever reason, our culture is ignoring the fact that we have so many young men who feel like they’re getting pushed to the sidelines at schools.”

Yang elaborated that “schools that don’t really meet the needs of a lot of boys. We emphasize conformity and rigidity. A lot of boys aren’t really well-designed for that. And then they get on the workforce, and the workforce doesn’t have a place for them. Almost one out of five prime working-age American men is out of the workforce.”

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has sounded a similar alarm. Tying youth unemployment to the opioid crisis, he told CBS 60 Minutes: “The opioid crisis is millions of people. They tend to be young males. And it’s a very significant problem. And it’s part of a larger picture of low labor force participation, particularly by young males.”

The Coalition for a White House Council on Boys and Men believes these issues cut across the political spectrum and deserve the bi-partisan attention it is receiving. Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson recently decried the high incidence of father absence: “More children are growing up without fathers at home. Nobody benefits from that at all.  Why aren’t we sounding an alarm in this society about that?”

Tucker’s colleague, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, believes the boy crisis merits national attention. Known for her skepticism about expanding the reach of the federal government, Ingraham supports the creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men:  “I’m not usually one for promoting new commissions or studies, but in this case, I think it’s long overdue.” 

“Just on the issue of suicide,” Ingraham said, “When I saw these numbers—I have two sons—it shocks you. Ages 15 to 19 years boys have three times the suicide rate of girls. They have four and half times the suicide rate of girls between the ages of 20 and 24. That’s just one the issues we have,” Ingraham added. “We have drop-out rates that are higher and opioid use that is higher.” 

The Commissioners for a White House Council on Boys and Men are asking President Trump to create a council to respond to the public health crisis robbing boys and men of their mental and physical health and their economic viability.

Details of the proposal to create such a Council are available on the website:

News Media contact: Philip Cook, (202) 531-9322

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