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In order to continue pursuing a strong women’s economic and political empowerment agenda, in June 2014, the White House partnered with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress to host the historic White House Summit on Working Families, which elevated the ongoing national conversation about making today’s workplace work for everyone.  The Summit convened businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates, and the media to spark a conversation on the issues facing the entire spectrum of working families – from low wage workers to executives.  

The Summit on Working Families covered issues such as equal pay for women, paid family leave, paid sick days, child care, pregnancy discrimination, minimum wage, talent attraction and retention strategies for companies, and helping women succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and non-traditional jobs.  In conjunction with the summit, President Obama signed an Executive Order to help federal employees better balance work and spending time at home, and announced a package of public and private sector efforts that take a strong stand to protect pregnant and working women, increased investments for research to understand the economic benefits of paid leave, expanded apprenticeships for women, targeted resources to help more women enter higher-paying STEM and other fields, and made child care more affordable for working families.  

In preparation for the summit, the White House Council on Women and Girls held discussions around the country with working families, employers, business and labor leaders, economists, and advocates to seek out new ideas for ensuring fair pay, encouraging more family friendly workplaces, and improving and strengthening our businesses and our economy as a whole.

President Obama will continue to push these issues as key priorities and will expand on this agenda in the coming months.