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President Obama Honors Gloria Steinem, Sally Ride and Others

Monday, August 12, 2013  
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Friends,

Yesterday, President Barack Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor. Among the recipients are Loretta Lynn, Gloria Steinem, Patricia Wald, Oprah Winfrey and Sally Ride (posthumously). The awards will be presented at the White House later this year.

On Tuesday, President Obama visited Phoenix, where he laid out his vision for a housing system that promotes the American dream of homeownership. Read Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s blog post about the President’s speech and plan.

President Obama traveled to Camp Pendleton on Wednesday to visit with marines and their families and thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation.Read the President’s remarks here.

Last week, the White House honored 11 heroes as Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion —leaders who have done extraordinary work to connect traditionally underrepresented students, including women, to tech skills and opportunities.

Please read below for more, and thank you for all that you do!

White House Council on Women & Girls

President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

On Thursday, President Barack Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Among those nominated are Loretta Lynn, Gloria Steinem, Patricia Wald, Oprah Winfrey and Sally Ride (posthumously).

Promoting the American Dream of Homeownership

On Tuesday, President Obama visited Phoenix, where he laid out his vision for a housing system that promotes the American dream of homeownership. The President’s plan is centered on four core principles:

  • End Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s failed business model so taxpayers are never again on the hook for bad loans and bailouts.
  • Put private capital at the center of the housing finance system.
  • Ensure widespread access to safe and responsible mortgages like the 30-year fixed rate mortgage in good and bad economic times.
  • Support affordability and access to homeownership for creditworthy first-time buyers and access to affordable rental housing for middle class families and those aspiring to be.

Read more about the President’s speech and plan here.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on housing and home ownership

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on housing and home ownership at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama Thanks Troops and Military Families at Camp Pendleton

President Obama traveled to Camp Pendleton on Wednesday to visit with marines and their families and thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. The President thanked them saying, "I’m here because, for more than a decade, you -— and all our men and women in uniform -— have borne the burden in this time of war,” President Obama also called on Congress to agree on a responsible plan that reduces our deficits but also keeps our military strong, which includes caring for wounded warriors, military families, and service members who transition to civilian life.

Watch the President's speechand read more!

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to troops during a rally at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to troops during a rally at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Honoring Tech Inclusion Champions of Change at the White House

President Obama has emphasized time and again that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are crucial to America’s economic future, and that equipping students with STEM skills is key to our Nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

But today in America, there is a large gap between the number of tech jobs available and the number of people who have the proper training and education to fill those jobs. Last week, the White House honored 11 heroes as Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion —leaders who have done extraordinary work to connect kids from underrepresented and underserved communities to tech skills and opportunities.

President Obama has emphasized time and again that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are crucial to America’s economic future, and that equipping students with STEM skills is key to our Nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

But today in America, there is a large gap between the number of tech jobs available and the number of people who have the proper training and education to fill those jobs. Last week, the White House honored 11 heroes as Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion —leaders who have done extraordinary work to connect kids from underrepresented and underserved communities to tech skills and opportunities.


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