In celebration of Women¹s History Month, President Obama has issued Presidential proclamation, honoring the women of America:
During Women's History Month, we reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women and honor their role in shaping the course of our Nation's history. Today, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers might only have imagined. Women now comprise nearly half of our workforce and the majority of students in our colleges and universities. They scale the skies as astronauts, expand our economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders, and serve our country at the highest levels of government and our Armed Forces. In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day.
Since taking office, the President has put women's equality at the heart of his agenda:
- Foreign Policy: Led by Secretary Clinton, the State Department is integrating a focus on women and girls in all diplomatic efforts, incorporating gender considerations in every aspect of development assistance, building the participation of women into all aspects of conflict prevention and conflict resolution, and combating conflict related sexual violence;
- White House Council on Women and Girls: Set up by the President in 2009, the council is addressing the rate of violence against women, supporting female entrepreneurs, and prioritizing the economic security of women;
- Workplace: the administration is pursuing policies to support women in the workplace including flexible working, access to affordable and high quality child care, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that helps tackle pay discrimination;
- Tackling Domestic Violence: the President has called on every agency in the federal government to be part of the solution to ending violence against women; and
- Education: the Educate to Innovate campaign is working to expand opportunities for women and girls in science, technology, education and math.
This commitment to equality will continue to be a driving force in the administration's policy making. In his proclamation, the President said:
We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.
Throughout March, Democrats.org will be celebrating Women's History Month in a special blog series.