FROM: THE WHITE HOUSE
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the “White House Forum on Women and the Economy” in Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, April 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
White House Forum on Women and the Economy
On Friday, April 6, President Obama hosted the White House Forum on Women and the Economy. The Forum addressed the critical role that women play in driving our economic progress.
In his remarks, the President discussed the importance of restoring economic security for the middle class, and creating an economy that's built to last for America's women: "As a father, one of the highlights of my day is asking my daughters about theirs. Their hopes and and their futures are what drive me every day I step into the Oval Office," said President Obama. "Every decision I make is all about making sure they and all our daughters and all our sons grow up in a country that gives them the chance to be anything they set their minds to; a country where more doors are open to them than were ever open to us."
Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett opened the event and introduced a panel moderated by Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe with Senior Administration Officials, private sector, and academic leaders participating.
Following the President's remarks, Senior Administration Officials, including Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz, and Katharine Abraham, Member of the Council of Economic Advisors, led a series of breakout sessions on a range of topics including Women at Work, Education, Health,Women's Entrepreneurship, and Violence Against Women and Girls.
As part of the Forum, the White House released a new report entitled Keeping America's Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last which examines the ways in which the Administration has worked to ensure women's economic security through all stages of life - from young women furthering their education and beginning their careers, to working women who create jobs and provide for their families, to seniors in retirement or getting ready for retirement.
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