WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama says the U.S. economy hasn’t caught up to the new reality that women now make up about half of the workforce.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says women still earn about 77 cents for every dollar men earn. He says women face outdated policies that hold them back in the workplace, which then hurts their families and the broader economy.
Obama says Congress must act to address those problems. He’s calling for Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
Obama says, quote, “When women succeed, America succeeds.”
In the Republican address, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan says there’s an economic comeback in states led by Republican governors. He says it can happen nationally if the country follows their lead.
Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov
GOP address: www.youtube.com/user/gopweeklyaddress