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Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights

Council on Women and Girls Highlights: Celebration, Remembrance, and Returns.

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Last week was one of celebration and remembrance. On Friday, the President announced that the remaining troops in Iraq will officially be coming home, bringing an end to the war in Iraq. As the President said, “Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq—tens of thousands of them—will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq—with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.”

On Sunday, October 16, tens of thousands of people came to the National Mall for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication. President Obama, joined by the First Family, toured the memorial and then spoke at the dedication ceremony in honor of Dr. King's work.

Check Out This Video: Celebrating Women in STEM


Gayle was one of 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) who gathered in the East Room of the White House to meet the President earlier this month. Check out her encouraging video to young women interested in science.

Stay Engaged – Upcoming Conference Call

Join a White House American Jobs Act Call with Secretary Donovan.
Please RSVP here.
When: Thursday, October 27
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Dial In: (800) 398-9386
Passcode Title: White House Call with Secretary Donovan and Jon Carson


On Thursday, October 20, some wonderful women and men received awards and honors here at the White House. The President recognized the 13 recipients of the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest honors a civilian can receive. The same day, the White House honored 14 “Champions of Change” for their work to end Domestic Violence, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We also recognized October 20 as Spirit Day-- to honor the memory of young people who are victims of bullying and valiant supporters, as well as victims of domestic violence.

We Can’t Wait: Supporting Our Veterans
“A new era of promise”: President Obama on the Declaration of Liberation in Libya

First Lady Michelle Obama Recognizes the HealthierUS School Challenge Participants

The White House Opportunity Report

Moms Making a Difference

President Barack Obama Greets Neighbors In Las Vegas

President Barack Obama greets neighbors near the Bonilla residence in Las Vegas, Nev., where he spoke about the mortgage refinancing proposal and “Project Rebuild,’’ a piece of the American Jobs Act, Oct. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A Physician, Scientist and Mother Clears the Air

Why Teachers Say We Need the American Jobs Act

Joining Forces to Rebuild 1,000 Homes for Veterans

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Avra Siegel is the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.