From the size of your paychecks to the duration of your paid leave to the amount you pay in taxes, this was a week of conversation about key issues facing American families. President Obama traveled to Charlotte to hold a town hall with working women, honored leading advocates as Champions of Change at the White House, spoke about the importance of making sure a woman receives the same pay as a man for working the same job, and highlighted how his tax plan supports 44 million middle-class families.
In case you missed it, here are a couple highlights from the week.
President Obama traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday for a special conversation with working women, co-hosted with leading women's sites BlogHer and SheKnows. He took questions both from those in the audience -- as well as from people asking questions online using the hashtag #ObamaTownHall.
Less than one hour until the #ObamaTownHall. If you could ask the president one question about women's workplace issues, what would it be?— Jen - PB Runner (@jdecurtins) April 15, 2015
Every big business started as a small business. President wants to do more to help small, women & minority-owned businesses. #ObamaTownHall— Tamara A. Marbury (@BlitzAndGlam) April 15, 2015
The President made clear that more hardworking and middle-class Americans deserve the chance to get ahead -- and that the way to do it is to expand access to child care, make higher education more affordable, cut taxes for middle-class families, and ensure women and men receive equal pay for doing the same job.
Yesterday, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez celebrated 12 Champions of Change -- incredible changemakers who are standing up and taking action to help working families succeed at their businesses and in their communities.
These Champions have helped advance policies including paid sick days, higher minimum wage, equal pay, and affordable quality child care. They are proving that these kinds of policies are not only beneficial for families, but also for businesses and our economy. That’s why the President reiterated his commitment to "middle class economics" -- or the idea that the economy works best when it’s working for everyone.
Tuesday was Equal Pay Day -- the date that marks how many days into 2015 the average woman would have to work to make what the average man did in the previous year. Despite women’s gains, a large gender pay gap still exists.
In 2013, the median woman working full-time all year earned 78 percent of what the median man working full-time all year earned. This means that the average American woman will have lost $420,000 over her lifetime because of the earnings gap.
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President Obama's budget helps working families make ends meet: plain and simple. This is an essential part of middle-class economics -- the idea that the economy works best when it's working for everyone. Unfortunately, House Republicans have a different idea for America. Their budget gives an average tax cut of more than $3 million to 5,400 of America's wealthiest households -- costing taxpayers $270 billion over the next 10 years. Under the President's budget, 44 million middle-class families would get an average tax cut of nearly $600.
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