The White House's Weekly Women's Update
Monday, March 21, 2011
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
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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