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Watch and Engage: White House Forum on Women and the Economy

The White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting a Forum on Women and the Economy. You're invited to watch live and participate online.

Today, more than ever before, women are a driving force behind the success of the American economy. Expanding economic opportunities for women and ending discriminatory practices is critical to building an economy that restores security for middle class families, one where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, and where everyone who wants to can find a good job.

This Friday, April 6th, the White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting a Forum on Women and the Economy. President Obama will deliver remarks at the Forum to highlight ways the Administration has helped create economic security for women and recognizes that women are key to economic growth and competitiveness. Starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the half-day forum will also include a panel discussion with Senior Administration officials, followed by breakout sessions on: Women at Work, Education, Health, Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Violence Against Women and Girls (check out the complete Forum schedule below).

People from across the country can watch the event live at During the Forum, Administration officials will answer questions from a live audience and also take questions submitted through a form on and via Twitter with the hashtag #WomenEconForum.

Here's how you can participate:

  • Right now, you can ask the White House your questions about women and the economy through a web form or on Twitter with the hashtag #WomenEconForum
  • On Friday, April 6th from 8:45 a.m. EDT to 12:30 p.m. EDT watch the forum live at President Obama will deliver remarks at 10:15 a.m. EDT.
  • Join the discussion live on Twitter and follow what others are saying with the hashtag #WomenEconForum
  • If you miss the live event, the full video will be posted on

We hope you can join us. Here's the full schedule:

  • 8:45AM-8:55AM: Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett delivers opening remarks
  • 8:55AM-9:50AM: Women and the Economy Panel
    • Moderator: Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe
    • Panelists: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling; Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen Mills; CEO of Deloitte Joe Echevarria; Princeton University Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Cecilia Rouse.
  • 10:15AM-10:30AM: President Obama delivers remarks
  • 10:45AM-11:45AM: Breakout Sessions
    • Education Breakout: Moderated by Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz and President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson
    • Women at Work Breakout: Moderated by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Katharine Abraham, Member of the Council of Economic Advisors
    • Women’s Entrepreneurship Breakout: Moderated by Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen
    • Healthcare Breakout: Moderated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Deputy Assistant to the President on Health Policy Jeanne Lambrew
    • Violence Against Women and Girls Breakout: Moderated by Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Advisor on Domestic Violence Lynn Rosenthal
  • 12:00PM-12:30PM: Closing Plenary with online Q&A. Ask questions on Twitter with the hashtag #WomenEconForum or through a form on