Weekly Women's Update From The White House
Monday, March 7, 2011
Weekly Women's Update
This week, the
Administration kicked off our annual celebration of Women’s History Month. The
President reaffirmed his commitment to improving the welfare of women and girls
by releasing a Data Report that discusses the status of women in the spheres of
health care, violence, education, populations and families, and employment. The
President also met with governors to discuss the importance of giving state
governments the flexibility to achieve progress individually, while the First
Lady and Dr. Biden urged them to join the administration’s effort to support
military service members and their families. Read below for more information on
our activities. And remember, if you have friends or family who would
like to join our Council on Women and Girls efforts, please have them click here.
Women in America:
Investing In What Works
On Tuesday, The White House released the first comprehensive Federal
Report on the status of American women in almost 50 years! Jack Lew, Director of
the Office on Management and Budget, introduces Women in America: Indicators
of Social and Economic Well-Being, which shows how women are faring in the
United States today and how their lives have changed over time.
President Obama on the Tragic Events in Germany
President Obama appears briefly during a press briefing to say his
thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attack in Frankfurt, as well
as their families.
First Lady Michelle Obama &
Dr. Jill Biden to America’s Governors: Support Our Military Families
Over the past two years, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden have traveled around
the country and world, visiting with service members and their families,
hearing their stories firsthand. Yesterday, they called on America's Governors
and all Americans to join their effort.
Obama to America’s Governors: "The Flexibility That You Need to Find Your Own
Innovative Ways Forward”
Whether it’s through Race to the Top, improving the Affordable Care Act,
or reforming the way that we approach social programs by ensuring that spending
is tied to success, The Obama Administration’s approach has been to give states
the flexibility they need to find their own innovative ways forward.
The President on Libya: "The Violence Must Stop; Muammar
Gaddafi Has Lost the Legitimacy to Lead and He Must Leave”
The President condemns the appalling violence in Libya, and hopes that
the United States will lead an international effort to deter further violence.
Behind-the-Scenes: First Lady Michelle Obama and
Secretary Arne Duncan Read "Green Eggs and Ham” on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
As part of Read Across America Day, and in celebration of Dr. Seuss’
107th Birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan
spent yesterday morning reading the Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham to
elementary school students at the Library of Congress.
Address: Traveling the Country, Winning the Future
The President discusses his recent travels and urges Congress to tighten
our belts without eliminating investments in innovation, education, and
A Celebration of Women Business
Valerie Jarrett, Director of the Council on Women and Girls and Special
Assistant to the President, discusses the Women Owned Small Businesses Federal
Contract Program and how it will help women break in to industries where they
are currently underrepresented.
Going Further with
America’s Auto Industry
Secretary of Labor Linda Solis discusses her trip to Michigan and Ohio,
and how auto plants in the region are adopting green technology that will help
achieve our goal of winning the future.
Air Act: Protecting Our Families and the Air We Breathe
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report estimating
the economic, environmental, and health benefits of the Clean Air Act over the
period 1990 to 2020.
Jocelyn Frye’s Story:
Inspiring Young People to Be All They Can Be
As Black History Month comes to a close, we would like to highlight
Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and
Special Projects for the First Lady. Here, Ms. Frye discusses the importance of
inspiring young people to pursue their educational opportunities.
John Legend Wants You to Apply for the 2011 Commencement
The application deadline for the 2011 Race
to the Top Commencement Challenge is March 11 – just one week away!
Week: Green Eggs and Governors
It was a busy week on the 18 acres with President Obama welcoming the
nation's governors, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and Mexican President
Felipe Calderón to the White House. The First Lady and Education Secretary Arne
Duncan also helped kick off Education Month at the Library of Congress.
of the Day
First Lady Michelle Obama, Sec. Arne Duncan,
Dr. James Billington and Mr. Van Roekel participate in Read Across America Day
and read Green Eggs and Ham to students at the Library of Congress in
Washington, D.C. March 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy).
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