Today's Women's History Month spotlight goes to the White House's newly appointed Claudia Gordon.
Miss Gordon will oversee its efforts on disability issueswhich suits her well.
Gordon is legally deaf and is also a Jamaican immigrant.
Gordon, a deaf lawyer, moves over from the Deptment of Labour
where she dealt with potential discrimination by federal contractors to
now work between the Obama administration and the disability community
as the White House's disability liaison. Her new title is associate director
in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
The discrimination Gordon experienced as a deaf child in Jamaica compelled
her to become a lawyer. Her family moved to the Unted States when she was
a child and she later attended New York's Lexington School for the Deaf where
she learned sign language and later became the first deaf student to graduate
from the American University's Washington College of Law.
Gordon has worked for the National Association of the Deaf Law and
Advocacy Centre as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.