Obama:”Mad Men” Work Policies Need To End

Hi, everybody. Earlier this week was Equal
Pay Day. It marks the extra time the average woman has to work into a new year to earn
what a man earned the year before. You see, the average woman who works full-time in America
earns less than a man — even when she’s in the same profession and has the same education. That’s wrong. In 2014, it’s an embarrassment.
Women deserve equal pay for equal work. This is an economic issue that affects all
of us. Women make up about half our workforce. And more and more, they’re our families’ main
breadwinners. So it’s good for everyone when women are paid fairly. That’s why, this week,
I took action to prohibit more businesses from punishing workers who discuss their salaries
— because more pay transparency makes it easier to spot pay discrimination. And I hope
more business leaders will take up this cause. But equal pay is just one part of an economic
agenda for women. Most lower-wage workers in America are women.
So I’ve taken executive action to require federal contractors to pay their federally-funded
employees at least ten dollars and ten cents an hour. I ordered a review of our nation’s
overtime rules, to give more workers the chance to earn the overtime pay they deserve. Thanks
to the Affordable Care Act, tens of millions of women are now guaranteed free preventive
care like mammograms and contraceptive care, and the days when you could be charged more
just for being a woman are over for good. Across the country, we’re bringing Americans
together to help us make sure that a woman can have a baby without sacrificing her job,
or take a day off to care for a sick child or parent without hitting hardship. It’s time
to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode, and give every woman
the opportunity she deserves. Here’s the problem, though. On issues that
would benefit millions of women, Republicans in Congress have blocked progress at every
turn. Just this week, Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, commonsense legislation
that would help more women win equal pay for equal work. House Republicans won’t vote to
raise the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance for women out of work through no
fault of their own. The budget they passed this week would force deep cuts to investments
that overwhelmingly benefit women and children — like Medicaid, food stamps, and college
grants. And of course, they’re trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the fiftieth or
so time, which would take away vital benefits and protections from millions of women. I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that
doesn’t happen. Because we do better when our economy grows for everybody, not just
a few. And when women succeed, America succeeds. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

7 thoughts on “Obama:”Mad Men” Work Policies Need To End

  1. Every women I see has a new car, and a job, lol. I see 17 year olds rolling 2014s everywhere I go. Most men now don't even have money to buy new cloths. How is this possible? lol

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