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Public Policy Bulletin

How safe is your makeup bag? You probably believe that, like the drugs in your medicine chest, the cosmetics on your bathroom vanity were scrutinized under an equally watchful eye of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, unlike drug manufacturers who must prove their products are both safe and effective before being marketed, cosmetic firms have no such regulatory obligation under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Further, companies are not required to substantiate performance claims or conduct safety testing.

Because of this lack of regulation, women absorb five pounds of chemicals from cosmetics every year, from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eye shadow. At the 2009 GFWC International Convention, delegates voted to amend Resolution 013-130—Food, Drug, Cosmetics and Medical Products Regulation—to expand and strengthen GFWC’s efforts to advocate for product regulations that many GFWC clubwomen use every day. Significantly, the updated Resolution now states that “There are deficiencies in the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products that may lead to serious illness or health complications.” 

 

The White House Project is a national, nonpartisan 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to advancing women's leadership across sectors, enhancing public perceptions of women's ability to lead and fostering the entry of women into leadership positions.   The mission of The White House Project is to prepare women to become more involved in the political process at all levels - local, county, state or national.  It offers a scholarship program to assist women attend their training program if help is needed.

Apply to 2009 Go Run for training dates, as well as more information on running for office or to help other women run for office.  This organization is not related to the White House—it is a nonpartisan training organization for women.  If it leads more women to the White House, that will be great bonus.

The mission of The White House Project is to prepare women to become more involved in the political process at all levels - local, county, state or national.  It offers a scholarship program to assist women attend their training program if help is needed.

 
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