White House holds United State of Women conference for 5000
Wednesday, June 15 2016
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held a day-long feminist conference at a Washington DC conference centre on June 14, Tuesday.
"President Obama stood firm in his feminism at the United State of Women Summit on Tuesday afternoon, a day-long convening hosted by the White House to tout the progress and the work that lay ahead for the American woman.
“I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like,” President Obama said to cheers Tuesday afternoon. About 5,000 women descended upon the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington for the event, which featured speeches by Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and the First Lady.
"The president said Tuesday he couldn’t be prouder of what his administration has been able to accomplish for women and girls over the past seven and a half years. In his cheerful speech, he noted the work his administration has done to advance family leave policies, women’s health care, and access to STEM education. Some of the more recent policies addressing family leaveand the minimum wage however, were accomplished via executive action, limiting their scope to federal employees and federal contractors.
Outside of government, the White House has often relied on partnerships with private businesses and companies to champion change. On Tuesday, the White House announced 28 companies signed on to their “Equal Pay Pledge" agreeing to review their own practices when it comes to pay equity and hiring.
“We don’t have to have Congress agree with us. We can go ahead and make progress without waiting for them,” Obama said Tuesday to cheers. “They’ll catch up eventually.”......"