U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) listens during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (L) listens during the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, October 16, 2012.
Question number 4: Young woman in audience asks candidates how they plan to rectify inequalities in the workplace - especially that women make only 70 percent of what their male counterparts earn.
 
Obama answers with personal stories about his mother and grandmother.  He says his grandmother "hit the glass ceiling." He says this is one of the reasons the first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter bill.
 
Obama says this is not just a women's issue, but a family issue, a middle class issue and that's why the nation needs to fight for it.
 
Obama says the nation also needs to make college more affordable to young people. He says changes undertaken by his administration have helped millions of young people afford college. He says fighting discrimination has been one of the hallmarks of his administration and that he wants to continue that.
 
Romney says his cabinet in Massachusetts had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.
 
Romney says what the nation can do to help women of all ages is to have a strong economy with employers that adapt to a flexible work schedule.

Obama says the fact that Romney would not say whether he supported the Lilly Ledbetter bill is "not the kind of advocacy we need." He also brings up the controversial health care issue of contraceptives coverage and attacks Romney's position.