Following a day of speeches from women who are making a difference, yesterday’s Women’s Leadership Forum finished up with a visit from another featured guest: President Obama. In his remarks, the President honed in on the impact of his administration’s policies on women and families – the Affordable Care Act, his appointments to the Supreme Court, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and access to small business loans, among many others.
But for the President, progress on women’s issues is driven by a deeper commitment:
The cause of women aren’t just important to me as President -- they are personal. I saw my grandmother hit a glass ceiling at the bank where she worked for years. She could have been the best bank president they ever had, but she never got that chance. I saw how Michelle was made to balance work and family when she was a vice president at a hospital. As a father, I want to make sure that my daughters and all of our daughters have the chance to be anything that they want. That’s the America that we believe in. That’s the America we’re fighting for.
Read President Obama’s full remarks to the WLF.