Equal pay for equal work? Affordable health care insurance for the full family? The ability to build, maintain and grow a career? Today, President Barack Obama addressed all of these concerns at a White House Forum on Women and the Economy.
“[W]hen we talk about these issues that primarily impact women, we’ve got to realize they are not just women’s issues; they are family issues, they are economic issues, they are growth issues, they are issues about American competitiveness, they are issues that impact all of us.”
According to the White House, administration efforts to assist women have resulted in “More than 16,000 Small Business Administration Loans totaling more than $4.5 billion that were granted to women-owned small businesses, $62.5 million in monetary relief has been obtained for victims of sex-based wage discrimination by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since January 2010, The Payroll tax cut provided an average of $1,000 of tax relief for nearly 75 million women, an estimated 4.9 million women were kept out of poverty in 2010 because of expansions in refundable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, and an estimated 20.4 million women are benefiting from expanded access to preventive services such as mammograms, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and prenatal care at no additional cost.”
Watch Obama’s speech below, as well as other highlights from the conference.
Health care session:
Violence Against Women and Girls:
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