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Promoting Equal Pay and Women in Government

Thursday, June 13, 2013  
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Promoting Equal Pay and Women in Government

Friends,

On June 10th, 50 years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, President Obama delivered remarks in the East Room of the White House to commemorate this important anniversary. The President emphasized the good work that has been done to achieve parity, but recognized that there is still much more work to do. See below for more information and check out the new White House Equal Pay video here.

On June 5th, the President announced that Ambassador Susan Rice will succeed National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and that Samantha Power, former Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, will be the nominee to succeed Rice in her role as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

On June 4th, President Obama announced his three nominees for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, including the nominations of Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard.

And in case you missed it, on May 31st, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett, delivered the commencement address at Wellesley College. Jarrett encouraged the graduates of the all-women’s college to "be flexible, be resilient, and pace yourselves.”

Thank you for all that you do!

The White House Council on Women & Girls

President Obama Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Equal Pay Act

On June 10th, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act, President Obama spoke at an event to mark the anniversary of the signing of this historic bill.

"The day that the bill was signed into law, women earned 59 cents for every dollar a man earned on average,” he said. "Today, it’s about 77 cents. So it was 59 and now it’s 77 cents. It’s even less, by the way, if you’re an African American or a Latina. So I guess that’s progress, but does anybody here think that’s good enough?"

The President has made tackling this issue a priority since his first day in the White House. The first bill that President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and his administration was the first to create a White House Council on Women and Girls. He launched a National Equal Pay Task Force to help crack down on violations of equal pay laws, and earlier this year, he signed a presidential memorandum directing the federal government to close the gender gap for its employees.

Read the National Equal Pay Task Force’s full report here.Learn more about President Obama’s commitment to equal pay and click below to see the full footage of his speech.

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President Obama Announces New National Security Team Members

Speaking on June 5th from the Rose Garden, President Obama announced several changes to his national security team:

"Today, I am wistful to announce that after more than four years of extraordinary service, Tom has decided to step aside at the beginning of July. And I am extraordinarily proud to announce my new National Security Advisor, our outstanding Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice as well as my nominee to replace Susan in New York, Samantha Power.

"This team of people has been extraordinarily dedicated to America,” President Obama said. "They have made America safer. They have made America's values live in corners of the world that are crying out for our support and our leadership. I could not be prouder of these three individuals -- not only their intelligence, not only their savvy, but their integrity and their heart.”

Watch and read the President’s complete remarks here.

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Amb. Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 5, 2013. President Barack Obama announced that Amb. Rice will succeed National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and Samantha Power, former Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, as the nominee to succeed Rice. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Obama Announces Nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court

On June 4th, President Obama announced that he is nominating three candidates for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard and Robert Wilkins.

"The D.C. Circuit is known as the second highest court in the country, and there’s a good reason for that,” the President said. "The judges on the D.C. Circuit routinely have the final say on a broad range of cases involving everything from national security to environmental policy; from questions of campaign finance to workers’ rights. In other words, the court’s decisions impact almost every aspect of our lives.”

And, of the 11 seats on the D.C. Circuit Court, President Obama explained today, there are currently three vacancies. "If we want to ensure a fair and functioning judiciary, our courts cannot be short-staffed,” he said.

Read the President’s complete remarks here.

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President Barack Obama delivers a statement announcing the nomination of three candidates for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 4, 2013. Nominees from left are: Robert Leon Wilkins, Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millett. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Valerie B. Jarrett Delivers Wellesley's Commencement Address

On May 31st, Valerie Jarrett delivered the commencement address at the 135th Wellesley College Commencement in Massachusetts. She discussed her own career path, challenges she faced in her own personal life and the President’s commitment to women and girls. Below is an excerpt.

"For those of you who are wondering if you can have it all. The answer is yes, but there's a catch. The arc of life is long, so don't expect to have it all at the same time. Just as you must affirmatively choose to follow your passion, and develop a tough skin, you may also have to adjust your lifestyle if you decide to switch careers and begin working your way to the top again. You may decide not to have children because you love the fast pace, and travel required of your profession. You may see some of your classmates achieve success in their careers faster than you because you decided to stay home with your children for a few years. Don’t look at your decisions as sacrifices. They are choices that simply illustrate your priorities."

You can read Jarrett’s full remarks here.


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