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The White House's Weekly Women's Update

Monday, March 21, 2011  
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Weekly Women's Update
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girl’s weekly highlights. This week, President Obama dedicated his weekly address to discussing Women’s History Month and the importance of fair pay, and committed the Administration to reforming No Child Left Behind so that all families have the resources they need to thrive. The President also offered his condolences and support to the victims of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, and answered questions at a press conference that help clarify how international conflict in countries like Libya affects us here in the United States. 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

President Obama’s Statement on Libya
The President says that the United States stands ready to act as part of an international coalition if Moammar Qaddafi does not immediately stop attacks on civilians and honor the terms of a cease-fire agreement.

The Ongoing Response to the Earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan
Our thoughts and our prayers remain with the people of Japan. The President has been kept fully briefed on developments and the response throughout the week. As directed by the President, we have offered our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed as America will stand with Japan as they recover and rebuild.

President Obama: "We Will Stand with the People of Japan”
Having just returned from the Japanese Embassy where he wrote a message in a condolence book for victims, the President spoke at the White House on the tragic events in Japan

Weekly Address: Women’s History Month & Fair Pay
The President pays homage to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, commends the great strides that have been made to create a more equal American society, and reaffirms his resolve to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

President Obama: "It’s Not Enough to Leave No Child Behind. We Need to Help Every Child Get Ahead”
On Monday at Kenmore Middle School in Virginia, The President announced his mission to repair the No Child Left Behind policy.

President Obama Meets with Fresh Science Talent

 Keeping his commitment to honor remarkable science and math scholars just like sports champions, President Obama today welcomed 40 high school finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search to the White House.

Replanting the White House Garden
Yesterday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama replanted the White House garden on the South Lawn with elementary students from local DC schools.

Women@NASA: Inspiring Girls to Reach for the Stars

On Wednesday, White House Senior Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett joined NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and talked to a group of almost 200 girls about the importance of science and technology education.

Mobilizing Today’s Generation of Young Feminist Leaders

On Saturday, Tina Tchen spoke on a panel at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Young Feminist Leadership Conference here in Washington, D.C. about the Administration’s efforts to advance the rights of women and girls.

Making Workplaces More Flexible
Special Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett discusses her speech to a group who is leading the charge on workplace flexibility issues: the Society for Human Resource Management.

Meet the Women of the Administration: Taryn Benarroch

Following the inspiring interview with Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth, the second post in our Women's History Month "Meet the Women of the Administration" series features Confidential Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Education Taryn Benarroch

Women in Uniform, From World War Two to Today

In honor of Women’s History Month, VA is celebrating the accomplishments female service members have made while serving our country. In doing so, we reached out to women Veterans and their family in less than a week, we’ve received 170 photographs of women in uniform that stretch beyond the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan back to World War II.

Removing Mercury and Other Toxins From the Air We Breathe
This week, the EPA proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a Clean Air Act protection that sets the first-ever national safeguards to limit power plant releases of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases into the air we breathe.

The President’s Press Conference: The Causes, Government Response, and Long-Term Solutions to Rising Gas Prices
From the tragedy in Japan to turmoil in Libya and the related rising gas prices here at home, to the ongoing debate over the government’s budget, there was a great deal for the President to discuss during his press conference on Monday

West Wing Week: "Punching Above Your Weight”

This week, Education Month continued, with President Obama asking Congress to fix No Child Left Behind before the beginning of the coming school year. The President also updates the American people on relief efforts in Japan and pledges continued support. Photo of the Day First Lady Michelle Obama hands a spinach plant to a student during the spring planting of the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House, March 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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