Women, Work and Our Economy

by Secretary Hilda Solis on April 6, 2012 · 6 comments

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.

I sat beside AG Holder during the opening session of today’s White House Forum on Women and the Economy.

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. 

President Obama detailed several efforts that his 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.

I had the pleasure of co-moderating the “Women at Work” breakout session with Katharine Abraham

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.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Roberto April 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Very good that matter learned a lot here. thank you very much

2 Social Issues of Women April 7, 2012 at 5:40 am

In today’s world you do not have a comfortable option of running a family with ‘one’ salary. No possibility at all. There will be complications. The old role of women was homemaker only. It is not so now. She is a career woman too.

3 Jonas Högman April 8, 2012 at 7:01 am

“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.” I agree with Obama on every point here. I have noticed that women have been seen as just another interest group by some politicians, which is a shame.

4 Sheree Sanderson April 9, 2012 at 1:15 am

I just viewed the President’s address on the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, and found it very inspiring. I am happy to say that I am very pleased that President Obama is inclusive and dedicated to the struggles of women. Twenty years after the 1992 delclaration of the “Year of the Woman” we are now finding ourselves in the position of fighting for reproductive rights v. economic rights.

It was an exilerating conversation on the goals and initiatives to empower and engage women in the global conversation. While women are pondering to stay ahead of the economic turn, and fighting for fairness and equity, I am elated that our President is at the forefront of these issues. Which indicates the intergrity and character of President Obama, the man.
Thank You

5 Financial Freedom April 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

Its very nice that President Obama regard the women. Liked his word that he said. Women are half of us. We cant think a work or a development without them. Hope for your best.

6 Anne DiNoto April 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

Secretary Solis, Thank you for working on this important topic! I’m interested in learning more about creating economic security for myself and other Americans.

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