Championing a White House Council on Boys and Men|The Proposal

The Boy CrisisThe Boy Crisis

Learn more about the issues boys face today:

A multi-partisan commission of many of the nation’s leading experts have articulated five components to the boy crisis, and suggested solutions, including the coordination of a White House Council on Boys and Men. See the right sidebar for the full proposal. Click here for a video explaining the crisis.

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Who and What. A multi-partisan Commission of thirty-four nationally-known scholars and practitioners request that President Obama create a White House Council on Boys to Men.

Why. A nationwide crisis of boys and men already exists. The Commission identifies five components:
Education. Boys are behind girls in almost every subject, especially reading and writing. Yet boy-friendly programs (e.g., recess and vocational education) are being curtailed.
Jobs. Our sons are not being prepared for jobs where the jobs will be. Yet women rarely marry men in unemployment lines.
Fatherlessness. A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes; yet boys and girls with significant father involvement do better in more than 25 areas.
• Physical health. Life expectancy has gone from one to five years less for males than for females, yet federal offices of boys and men’s health are non-existent.
Emotional health. Boys’ suicide rate goes from equal to girls to five times girls’ between ages 13 and 20, as boys feel the pressures of the male role.

Each of the five crisis components is potentially handled by a different department of the government; therefore coordination and prioritization is best handled at the White House level.

Short-Term Investment. One million dollars.
Long-Term Savings. Many billions of dollars. (For example, boys who are cared for become men who care for–men who pay taxes for schools rather than drain taxes for prisons.)
Quality-of-Life Savings. Priceless.

Timing. The mere presidential announcement of a White House Council on Boys to Men makes visible an invisible crisis. A White House Conference on Boys to Men to present “best practices” within one year after the Council is created.

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Warren Farrell, Ph.D. Chairman

Prominent Women Championing a White House Council on Boys and Men

The following women leaders, both conservative and liberal, either serve on the commission to create a White House Council on Boys and Men–to work with the already-formed White House Council on Women and Girls–or are taking a leadership role in petitioning President Obama to create a White House Council on Boys and Men.

Jennifer M. Granholm

Jennifer M. Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan from 2003-2011. She currently teaches law and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley and is a regular contributor to “Meet the Press.” Jennifer is co-author (with husband Dan Mulhern) of A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. She is an advisor to the Pew Charitable Trust and is a director for The Dow Chemical Company.


Christina Hoff Sommers

Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University where she specialized in moral theory. Her academic articles have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Philosophy and The New England Journal of Medicine, Sommers is the author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys—the latter was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.”

Suzanne Venker

Suzanne Venker is an author, Fox News contributor, and former teacher. She’s also a founder of Women for Men (WFM), a news and opinion website committed to improving gender relations and providing much-needed support for the American male. Suzanne can be heard every Thursday on The John Gibson Radio Show.

Suzanne’s work has been published in the New York PostSt. Louis Post-DispatchParents.comHuman Events, and others. She’s appeared on The View, Fox & Friends,, CNN, C-Span, and Canadian and Australian news outlets—as well as hundreds of radio shows.

Jeanette Hernandez Prenger

Jeanette Hernandez Prenger is owner and president of ECCO Select, a technology consulting company, and one of the top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the U.S.. She is Vice Chair of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the recipient of numerous business and philanthropic awards. Jeanette serves on the local Boy Scouts Heart of America Executive Board, and has raised, with her husband, two sons in Kansas City.



Peg Tyre

Award winning journalist and author Peg Tyre wrote The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Ours Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do, a New York Times best-seller. She was a Spencer Research Fellow at The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (09-10.) She is a keynote speaker at education conferences as well as public and private schools around the nation and in Europe. She is at work on another book.


Judith Kleinfeld

Dr. Judith Kleinfeld is professor of psychology at the University of Alaska and directs the Boys Project, an international consortium of scholars concerned with the issues affecting boys and young men. Her doctoral degree is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor’s degree is from Wellesley College. She has published widely in the field of gender issues.



Jennifer L.W. Fink is a writer, Registered Nurse & mother of four boys. She’s also the creator, a website devoted to helping parents, educators and others build healthy boys. Jennifer frequently writes about boys’ issues, including articles in The Washington Post, Parents, Scholastic Instructor, Boys’ Lifeand

Barbara Nemko

Dr. Barbara Nemko has been the Napa County Superintendent of Schools since 1997, and was just elected to another four-year term.  Before coming to Napa she was at the University of California, Davis for 12 years as project director and principal investigator for 11 California Department of Education vocational education research projects, and taught in the New York City Public School system in her early years in education.

Alison Carr-Chellman

Dr. Alison A. Carr-Chellman is professor of Instructional Systems and Head of Learning and Performance Systems at Pennsylvania State University. Her TED Talk, “Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning,” brought international attention to the mismatch between boy culture and school culture and ways that digital learning media can bring boys back to productive educational engagement. She is widely published on topics related to school change and innovation.”


Karen Conti

Karen Conti  has been a lawyer for 26 years, and is a member of the Illinois, California, and U.S., Supreme Court bars, She’s handled numerous significant cases, including a successful United States Supreme Court appeal for the Cook County Democratic Party, the death row appeals of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a reversal in the Illinois Supreme Court in an employment discrimination matter, and a wrongful arrest and injury action against the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 2008, she was appointed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to assist in redrafting the divorce laws in Illinois.


Jill Egalizfl

Alderman Jill Egizii is an elected official in Illinois.  She serves on the Illinois Family Law Study Committee. She hosts a radio and television show titled Family Matters with her co-host Judge Michele Lowrance. Jill has been on the United Cerebral Palsy Board and Executive Committee for 17 years and is a strong voice for children and adults with disabilities. She is the author of the novel “The Look of Love” which deals with parental alienation and divorce. She is the mother of 4 children experiencing parental alienation.  Her website is


Denise Hines

Dr. Denise Hines’ current research has three foci.  First, she investigates the physical and mental health of men who sustain female-perpetrated partner violence and their children.  Her second area of research focuses on the development and evaluation of prevention programming for sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking victimization among college students.  Finally, she is the Director of the Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars, a series of annual seminars that translates social science research to state policymakers on issues related to families.


Emily Douglas

Dr. Emily DouglasPh.D. is an associate professor of social work at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Her areas of expertise include fatal child maltreatment, corporal punishment, male partner violence victimization, divorced families, and corporal punishment. Dr. Douglas is the founder/director of the National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy.  is the author of three books on family issues (including one on social policies for divorced families), has authored 30+ peer-reviewed publications, and has presented at numerous conferences.

Dianna Thompson

Dianna Thompson is the Executive Director of The Boys Initiative ( a national 501 (c)(3) organization. She is a nationally recognized expert on families, stepfamilies, and divorce related issues and an authority on domestic policy as it pertains to men, women and children.  As a long time political analyst, lobbyist, and spokesperson she has made hundreds of national television appearances, radio appearances, and has written columns and frequently quoted in major newspapers and magazines.

Lori Barkus

Lori Barkus  is a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Guardian Ad Litem and practicing family law attorney for more than 15 years. She has worked with hundreds of individuals and couples on parenting issues and has handled countless high conflict cases. Lori is an advocate for shared parenting and a member of Leading Women for Shared Parenting. She has published articles about shared parenting and has been interviewed by local newspapers on the subject. She has been voted one of South Florida’s Up and Coming attorneys and is currently a finalist for the 2014 Leaders in Law Award.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is an attorney, columnist and policy analyst.  She currently writes for a number of leading publications including and the UK Guardian.  She is also editor of the Intellectual Conservative and Western Shooting Journal.  She also writes for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.
A strong Shared Parenting advocate and no stranger to controversy, Rachel recently penned this article on another “what you see is not always what you get” problem within the family courts.


Jill Bjerke

Jill Bjerke is the Director at Carnegie Regional Library and has been a leader in the pursuit of Shared Parenting in North Dakota.  She is a proud mother of a 15 year old son who enjoys “equal time” with both parents.  Recently, Jill submitted a petition to the Secretary of State to allow a Shared Parenting Ballot Initiative during the 2014 election.  She also has previous legislative experience advocating for an anti-bullying Bill which was signed into Law in 2011.  For her efforts, Jill was named Advocate of the Year by Options Interstate Resource Center.


Marie Jones

Marie Roker Jones, BA, Fordham University, Certified Breakthrough Parenting® Instructor and Intrinsic Coach® in Health and Wellness is the founder of Raising Great Men™ – real talk about raising boys to become men of character – and What Kind of Man Do You Want to Be™ – an initiative for boys and young men to join in the dialogue about the social pressures of masculinity and examine definitions of ‘real manhood’. Marie is married and has two sons.



Rebekah Bradley

Rebekah Bradley  founded the Strong Stepmom Awareness Campaign (SSAC) to take a stand not only for her blended family but for others as well. SSAC was created to help educate, support, bring hope, and shed some light on a very important issue. Children shouldn’t be used as a pawn in a parent’s vengefulness. SSAC is an advocate for all children who have had their rights removed by a vengeful parent.

Teri Stoddard

Teri Stoddard is an expert on shared parenting and domestic violence. She’s the Co-founder of the Respite Center for Parent and Child. Teri provided child day care for 25 years and foster care for ten years. She is the former Program Director of the victim advocacy organization Stop Abusive and Violent Environments. A Leading Women for Shared Parenting. Teri’s website is Shared Parenting Works. She is the mother of four and grandmother of two.



Sheila Peltzer

Sheila Peltzer is the founder of KN2P based in Charlotte, NC.  Kids Need Two Parents is a Shared Parenting organization dedicated to establishing presumptive shared parenting as the default outcome in North Carolina Courts.  Sheila has taken Shared Parenting awareness raising efforts ?international and dedicated her 2010 climb of Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro to improving family law.  Sheila is a grandmother and retired school teacher from Fairfax, Va.



Chawna Jones

Chawna Jones  has earned degrees in Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology and has worked with children of all ages at various Boys and Girls Clubs of Americathroughout Florida as well as teaching Kindergarten.  She is the founder of Missing an Angel; a cause dedicated to educating others on the subject areas of parental alienation, children’s rights and Father’s rights creating a community of support for like individuals and has recently launched the campaign Real Women support Father’s rights.


picture Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman, Esq. has practiced law for 20 years in Nebraska.  She has lobbied for the past seven years, for the passage of law that would create a presumption that joint legal and physical custody is in a child’s best interests.  When the Nebraska Bar Association lobbied against Shared Parenting in 2007 Amy resigned her seat on the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association and now support efforts to de-unify the state bar association.  She frequently appears before the Nebraska Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Supreme Court.


Dorcy Russell Pruter

Dorcy (Russell) Pruter is the Founder and CEO ofConscious Co-Parenting Institute where she works in high conflict custody disputes.  She has partnered with some of the world’s leading experts in Parental Alienation to bring forth the solution to Parental Alienation.  At the Conscious Co-parenting Institute, Dorcy has the vision of eliminating Parental Alienation from the family dynamic, shifting the world’s limiting beliefs about divorced families and shifting divorced families from dealing with the pain of Parental Alienation.


picture Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell is the CEO and founder of The D Spot, dedicated to supporting women as they move through and forward after divorce.  Laura’s unique model is a combination of her M.B.A. in strategic planning, her Certification as a Life and Career Coach, her training through the Anthony Robbins Institute, her experience and her personality.  Her work with women includes helping them manage their financial, professional, emotional, social and parental lives with an emphasis on creating an empowered and harmonious new life.


picture Molly Olson

Molly Olson founded the Center for Parental Responsibility.  Well known throughout the Capitol for her tireless efforts on behalf of children, Molly led the 2012 effort around HF322.  Her leadership led to passage of this bill by overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate.  The bill established a baseline of 35% time sharing for children with each parent in the event of divorce. Molly now sits on a task force, appointed by the Governor, to update Minnesota’s Family Law.



Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.

Anne Mitchell was one of the first fathers’ rights attorneys in the United States, and is the author of “They’re Your Kids Too:  The Single Father’s Guide to Defending Your Fatherhood in a Broken Family Law”.  With a career advocating for men and boys in society spanning nearly 30 years, she recently founded a think tank to prevent school shootings by providing intervention and support for boys before the shooting starts, at



Rita Fuerst Adams

Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,National Parents Organization, led the team that developed the new name, brand, and website.  Rita has more than thirty years’ experience in not-for-profit management, organizational development, and fundraising.  She specialized in serving new and emerging organizations, in creating and building affiliates of national organizations, and in establishing fundraising programs.   Rita is the author of several articles and the editor of a book on fundraising regulations and laws.


Aleasa M. Word

Aleasa M. Word is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and owner of Allergy Words Consulting, LLC.  Her program Chapter II Coaching For Men™ is for males who’ve decided to move past yesterday and redefine themselves based on a new sense of purpose. Aleasa is mother to two sons and a daughter.  She is also a national advocate and educator for those suffering from life threatening food allergy and anaphylaxis.

Click the links on the links below to go to specific sections of the proposal. One Page Summary Executive Summary Introduction Component One: The Education of our Sons Component Two: The Emotional …

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American Fathers

So you’d rather watch tournament games and go bowling than support a “We Are Fathers” campaign for justice and equality. Well that’s your choice, it’s a free country, in theory anyway. But you should know that countless lawyers, child experts and bureaucrats are cheering you on because they profit from all this apathy and a misguided sense of priorities. In America today, our government is engaged in the lucrative expansion of a child control bureaucracy that is harming our families, productivity and moral fiber as a nation. This vast public enterprise has invaded every aspect of private life, often wielding power beyond that exercised by the NSA, CIA or IRS. It is a silent and insidious trend eroding parental rights repeatedly declared by our Supreme Court to be the “oldest liberty interest” protected by the United States Constitution. This interest is shared equally by fathers and mothers. But in practice, the male half has not been accorded its rightful place among our human rights due to a profit motive in family court driven by needless custody, support and divorce contests. Census Bureau reports continue to show the gender disparities on all domestic fronts. After promoting a parental rights cause in Paris recently, I was amazed to note how a million people together with world leaders could rally in that city within days to support free speech. Meanwhile, here in the states, more than 70 million fathers have yet to mobilize after a century of widespread discrimination. Such discrimination is having harmful impacts on all aspects of society and quite likely the female population more so than its counterpart. Veterans, minorities and high profile figures are particularly vulnerable to a court system that has placed money and politics over genuine parent-child relationships. Fathers are a vital component of any social or family structure as they have been since the beginning of civilization. Unfortunately federal entitlement laws and incentive funding to the states have marginalized that role to a point of virtual extinction. This has led to educational costs, heinous crimes and moral deterioration on a vast scale corroborated by an exodus from all manner of religion. In practical terms, our taxpayers are funding the creation of social ills and then forced to pay for it on the back side with costly welfare programs. Future generations will look back one day and be amazed at how truly barbaric our domestic relations courts once were. A scheme of laws and processes derived from feudal equity doctrines has been retained which features loving parents engaged in brutal contests over their offspring in a public arena. A winner-take-all battle for custody leads to overregulation of families by the state and marginalization, alienation or outright extinction of one fit parent from the children’s lives. Anal investigations of the combatants’ backgrounds by self serving advisors incite further controversy to last a lifetime. It is a spectacle reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum. No person or entity has ever been able to achieve a comprehensive study of the vast detriment which this archaic custody and support system has had upon our society. Any such effort would assuredly be stymied because custody and unequal parenting are highly profitable. Yet common sense dictates that our nation could be well served with sweeping reforms here in our least scrutinized branch of government. We can put a man on the moon, split atoms, engage artificial intelligence and achieve vast breakthroughs in medicine but remain unable to extricate family courts from their nineteenth century practices.

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