Obama: “These Are Not Just ‘Women’s Issues’” [VIDEO]

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:

Photo from Matt Ortega via flickr creative commons


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

he is so right.. :)

Chris P.
Chris P5 years ago

This has been a problem for a very long time. Do something about it now.

Miriam W.
miriam w5 years ago

I don't care what anyone says. Go Obama!

BELA BARTIS5 years ago

Mr. President please lead the way and have some laws enacted that actually will force equal pay and hard punishment for those who do not follow the law. Also more laws to protect the working people white and blue color, and less laws to protect corporate America.

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

The tea party wing of the Republican party has made the party very scary. They are taking us backwards to a bad place. A place sane people don't want to go. We must save our Country and vote them out. Women, you must really pay attention to what is going on. Stop listening to Fox liar channel, and Rush Limbaugh. They don't respect you and want to take away your hard earned rights.

Vote Democratic!

Obama Biden 2012!

Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

It would appear the many of the R's wish to eliminate most of the 20th century and go right back to the 19th on MANY issues. They wish to go back to a time when the middles class didn't exist and serfs have no voice.

Josha N.
Josha N5 years ago

You Americans should be proud to have a president like Obama. I wish I had him instead of that moron Mark Rutte *sigh*

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

The President is right. These are family issues. As it now takes two incomes to make ends meat I don't understand the men that are fighting agaisnt women receiving contraception they need for when a child is conceived when a family can ill afford for the women to take time off from work it affects the whole family not just the woman. When a women is forced to have a child she is not ready for it affects society as a whole not just the woman. The men I talk to understand these issues and stand by their female family members. Those that don't only do so to make a political point not a humane reason to degrade the women who they claim to love.

Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon5 years ago

Until everyone realizes that "women's issues" are, in fact, vital issues for all human beings we won't get the changes made that have to be made to save the human race and the world we all inhabit together.

Colum N.
Colum N5 years ago

Corporate war mongering slut