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Expanding Opportunity for Women at Home and Abroad

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Friday, July 11, 2014

 

Expanding Opportunity for Women at Home and Abroad

Dear friends,

We hope that you and yours enjoyed a great Independence Day, and that your summer is off to a great start.

On June 23, the White House, Department of Labor, and Center for American Progress hosted theWhite House Summit on Working Families, which provided the opportunity to discuss workplace issues that impact the full range of America's working families, from our lowest-wage workers to executives. Have you shared your Working Families story? If not,click here, and read on for a recap of events.

Late last week, the Supreme Court ruled on the much-publicizedBurwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.case. This decision would allow some bosses to withhold contraceptive care from their employees' health coverage based on their own religious beliefs -- which their employees may not share.See President Obama's response here.

In addition, the White House launched a new resource page last week, covering the effects of expanding Medicaid.Learn about the impact of expanding Medicaid in your state, and how it could help families with incomes below 133 percent of the poverty line.

Overseas, Dr. Bidenembarked on a three-country visit to Africa, during which she addressed the importance of girls' education and women's education in government, among other social issues.

Please read on for more, and visit us on the web atwww.whitehouse.gov/womenand follow@vj44for updates on all this and more.

Thank you so much for all that you do!

The White House Council on Women and Girls

The White House Summit on Working Families

The White House, in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, hosted aSummit on Working Familieswith the aim of having a national conversation and set a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.

Read more about the White House Summit on Working Families here.

Didn't get to attend? It's not too late to take part:Add your storyabout why workplace policies that benefit working families are important to you.

President Obama speaks at the Working Families Summit

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Medicaid Expansion Helps Families

Twenty-four states still haven't acted to make more struggling families eligible for Medicaid -- including many of the states that would benefit most.

Here's why that's a problem: If these states don't opt to expand Medicaid, 5.7 million people won't have access to health insurance coverage in 2016.

Click here to learn more about how expanding Medicaid can benefit your state.

Dispatches with Dr. Biden

Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 to July 7, 2014. During her travel, Dr. Biden highlighted how girls' education and women's participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate development.

Click here to find out more about her trip.

Dr. Biden visits Africa

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

On June 30, the Supreme Court ruled on the much-publicizedBurwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.case.

This decision would allow some bosses to withhold contraceptive care from their employees' health coverage based on their own religious beliefs -- which their employees may not share.

Click here to watch White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deliver a statement about where the President stands on this ruling.


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