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Obama: Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work for Women

President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, March 20, 2014. President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, March 20, 2014.
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President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, March 20, 2014.
President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, March 20, 2014.
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the economy should reward the hard work of every American, including women.

The president said in his weekly address Saturday more women than ever before are the main breadwinners for their families, yet, on average, a woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. 

Obama called on Congress to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work, and paid leave to take care of a sick child or parent.  The U.S. leader said "no woman who works full-time should ever have to raise her children in poverty."

President Obama also urged Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, a move he said would lift the wages for nearly 28 million Americans across the country.

Watch President Obama's weekly address:

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by: Not Again from: Canada
March 23, 2014 2:20 PM
An excellent policy; it has been long overdue. The plight of women around the world is not good. In many nations women are still not emancipated, and are in fact considered property of their families, or property of their husbands; all such tribal states, in which women are not emancipated, are in most cases failing states or already fully failed states.
This policy for equality of pay for women, should have 100% support; but I thought the same of the other great humanitarian policy, of ensuring that every human being should have the ability to access healthcare, but that one has not yet been universally endorsed.
Let us hope the equal pay gets universal acceptance. Over time, even the most hardened, self centred individuals will come to see that both of these policies need to be part and parcel of basic universal human rights.

It is surprising to see that the people that have most greately benefited from democratic societies, those with the biggest fortunes, are the least likely to support basic policies that will provide a better life for the many, that are not as fortunate. When you see people arguing against the idea of increasing the minimum wage, while concurrently counting their millions and worrying about their investments, clearly their humanity is obscured by their never ending greed.

I hope all three policies of the Pres gain full support, for it is the correct way ahead for the US, and even other nations need to follow, were the need exists, to provide relief to those that are in need. These should be a triple "slam dunk" for the Pres.


by: Stevenssoelwin from: cn
March 23, 2014 4:40 AM
Women right and stand with women my boss hillary roham clinton will be the first woman president in us histary

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