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WH promotes economic issues affecting women



Published: Thu, March 13, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

Add pay equity to President Barack Obama’s 2014 do-it-himself wish list.

The White House is launching a campaign to promote a host of economic issues facing women, a key voting bloc in this year’s midterm election.

Obama hosted Democratic female lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday as his Council of Economic Advisers issued a report decrying a gender wage gap. The report highlights that full-time working women continue to earn less than men, despite surpassing men in obtaining college degrees and making inroads into traditionally male-dominated occupations.

“Despite that good news, what we also know is women are still making 77 cents on the dollar — including when they enter into these high-paying professions, they’re still making less money,” Obama said during the meeting with the female lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room.

Obama said he will address economic issues facing women and families at a Working Families Summit on June 23 at Washington’s Omni Shoreham hotel.


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