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Weekly Women's Update From The White House

Monday, March 7, 2011  
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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.

Highlights
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.

President 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.

Weekly 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 infrastructure.

A Celebration of Women Business Owners
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.

The Clean 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 Challenge!
The application deadline for the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge is March 11 – just one week away!

West Wing 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.

Photo 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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