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President Barack Obama Weekly Address April 12, 2014 (Video/Trascript )
President Barack Obama
The White House
April 12, 2014
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.