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Equal Pay Day Proclamation

Tuesday, April 17, 2012  
Posted by: Matthew Boyle
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Equal Pay Day Proclamation

Today marks Equal Pay Day 2012. From the very beginning of his administration, President Obama has worked to ensure that women are paid fairly for their work.

As he states in this year’s Presidential Proclamation:

"Equal pay will strengthen our families, grow our economy, and enable the best ideas and boldest innovations to flourish -- regardless of the innovator's gender. On National Equal Pay Day, let us resolve to become a Nation that values the contributions of our daughters as much as those of our sons, denies them no opportunity, and sets no limits on their dreams."

Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz, has penned a great new blog post to mark the occasion. Some of the highlights include:

U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis tells us about "Winning Apps to Close the Pay Gap," so please be sure to check that out!

And Mark Your Calendars: The Secretary has also invited us all to join a chat on Twitter Friday, April 20th at 12 p.m. EDT, by following the hashtag #EqualPayChat. You can also submit questions in advance via Twitter to @USDOL using hashtag #EqualPayChat or by email to

Citizens Medal

The Citizens Medal is one of our nation's highest civilian honors. For the past two years, President Obama has relied on you to identify heroes in your community -- extraordinary Americans whose exemplary deeds provide inspiration for others to serve.

Here are a few examples of past Citizens Medal recipients:

  • Margaret Martin's organization, Harmony Project, makes quality arts education available to those in the most underserved, gang-reduction zones of Los Angeles.
  • Judith Broder works to meet the mental health needs of service members, their families, and returning veterans through The Soldiers Project.
  • Vijaya Emani became a role model for victims of domestic abuse because of her strength and determination in overcoming domestic abuse in her own life.
Visit and nominate a hero in your community today.

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