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Weekly Address: It's Time to Help Women and Working Families

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, Oct. 30, 2014.

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, Oct. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the progress our economy is making, and the commonsense policies that could make it even stronger by ensuring that everyone who works hard has the opportunity to get ahead, especially women and working families.

This commitment has been a core part of the President’s Year of Action and a priority since the start of his administration, which is why he has put forth a range of policies that would help women and working families get ahead, from raising the minimum wage, to ensuring equal pay for equal work, to increasing access to high-quality child care and paid family leave. This week’s address follows remarks the President delivered on Friday at Rhode Island College, where he discussed the importance of harnessing our economy’s momentum by making policy choices that will help women and all working parents fully participate in and contribute to our economy.

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Six Quotes to Read: The President's Remarks in Providence

Today, the President headed to Rhode Island College in Providence to continue his focus on our economy’s progress and how we can build on it by expanding opportunity for women and working families. While there, he sat down with a few working parents, small business owners, students, and faculty for a roundtable discussion about policies that could help working families right now and continue to grow our economy -- and then he delivered remarks on campus.

Here are six quotes you need to read from what he had to say. Take a look, share your favorites, and read his full remarks here.

"Moms and dads deserve a great place to drop their kids off every day that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg. In many states, sending your child to daycare costs more than sending them to a public university."

"And the idea that my daughters wouldn’t have the same opportunities as somebody’s sons -- well, that’s unacceptable. That’s not acceptable."

 

President Barack Obama holds a women's roundtable discussion prior to remarks on the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island, Oct. 31, 2014. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez attends at right.

President Barack Obama holds a women's roundtable discussion prior to remarks on the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island, Oct. 31, 2014. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez attends at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"We’ve got to raise our voices to basically do away with policies and politicians that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode. 'Mad Men' is a good show, but that's not who we want making decisions about our workplaces these days."

"Nobody who works full-time in America should be below the poverty line. They should not be raising their kids below the poverty line. I am not going to give up this fight."

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I., Oct. 31, 2014.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I., Oct. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

"So women deserve a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship. And Rhode Island has got the right idea. You’re one of just three states where paid family leave is the law of the land."

"…I was raised by a single mom, and know what it was like for her to raise two kids and go to work at the same time, and try to piece things together without a lot of support. And my grandmother, who never graduated from college but worked her way up to become vice president of a bank, I know what it was like for her to hit the glass ceiling, and to see herself passed over for promotions by people that she had trained."

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I., Oct. 31, 2014.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I., Oct. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Weekly Wrap Up: It’s Time for #EqualPay

This week at the White House, we explained what "78 cents for every dollar" means, spoke about America’s response to Ebola, and cooked with students in the White House Kitchen. To find out more about other events this week, be sure to check out the rest of the White House blog.

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Another picturesque early evening on the South Lawn of the White House.

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More than 4.05 Million Records Released

In September 2009, the President announced that -- for the first time in history -- White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in July 2014. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 4.05 million -- all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.

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Chart of the Week: In 2014, Women Continue to Earn Less Than Men

We live in a world where women play a foundational role in the strength and growth of our economy.  

Today, women are the primary breadwinners in more households than ever before. They're graduating from college and graduate school at higher rates than men, and account for almost half of all students in law, businesses and medical school. From doctors and dentists to managers and scientists, women in today’s world are increasingly entering what were once male-dominated occupations.

And yet, despite decades of progress for women in the workplace, one unfortunate fact remains: Women still earn less than men for the same work. As the President said in Providence, Rhode Island today, "At a time when women are the primary breadwinners in more households than ever, that hurts the whole family if they’re not getting paid fairly."

On average, women who work full-time all year make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. That gap is even larger for women of color. For African American women, it’s 64 cents, and for Hispanic women, it’s 56 cents. 

Take a look at this week’s chart to see how unequal pay persists for hardworking American women: 

 

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