We’ve gone through an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Although, today I was happy to report 25 consecutive months of private sector job growth and that the unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, I also know that there is still more work that has to be done.
In tough economic times, vulnerable communities take the hardest hit. Women—especially vulnerable women—have had to carry a heavy burden in our economic recovery. We must ensure that all women have the support they need to thrive and to avoid being thrust into poverty.
That’s what today’s White House Forum on Women and the Economy was all about. It was an opportunity to discuss the importance of restoring the economic security for the middle class and creating an economy that’s built to last for America’s women.
During the Forum, President Obama released a White House report titled, Keeping America’s Women Moving Forward, which detailed several efforts that the current administration has taken to lift up the lives of women and girls in this country.
Following the President’s remarks, I had the pleasure of co-moderating the “Women at Work” breakout session with Katharine Abraham, a member of the Council of Economic Advisors.
Since the beginning of my career in public service, I’ve been proud to stand with women from all walks of life and fight for dignity, fairness and opportunities for a better life. So, I felt at home in a room filled with women allies, advocates, community leaders and business leaders who have worked alongside this administration to advance the progress of women.
It was a lively and robust conversation about issues critical to the empowerment and economic security of women. Yet, the things we discussed aren’t just women’s issues. As the President stated, “Women are not some monolithic bloc. Women are not an interest group. And they shouldn’t be treated that way. Women are half this country and its workforce. Every decision made by public officials impacts women just as much as men.”
As our nation continues to move forward, we know that all Americans must be able to help provide for their families and contribute fully to our economy.