President Obama delivers remarks today at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy.
He discussed his Administration's efforts to help create economic security for women. He also welcomed Friday's jobs numbers, but it is clear that the U.S. economy will still face “ups and downs” along the way and that there is more work to be done.
The forum looked at trends in economic security, education and retirement for women. Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett made opening remarks and introduce the panel discussion.
The panel, moderated by Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, include Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Karen Mills, CEO of Deloitte Joe Echevarria and Princeton University Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Cecilia Rouse.
As part of the forum, the White House also released a report from its Council on Women and Girls, showing how economic security and jobs for women are important for economic growth.
Other topics addressed at the forum are entrepreneurship, health care and violence against women and girls.
A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll shows that a shift in women’s support gives President Obama a lead over Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.