March 20 - President Barack Obama touts policies designed to improve economic opportunity for women and working families, including raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women and workplace family leave. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama was in Orlando, Florida on Thursday (March 20) where he delivered remarks on improving economic opportunities for women and working families. Obama touted economic policies such as raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women and workplace family leave, measures which he said the entire country would benefit from, not only women. "A woman deserves to take a day off to take care of a sick child or a parent without running into hardship," Obama said. "It's time to do away with some of these work policies that belong in a mad men episode." Obama was speaking at Valencia College, the first school in the country to win the Aspen Prize, awarded by the Aspen Institute to acknowledge the nation's top community college. Calling these policies good for business because "customers will have more money to spend," Obama told the enthusiastic crowd that it is important to make certain that the economy rewarding "the hard work of every women". Obama also promoted his signature Affordable Care Act, saying the law now bans insurance companies from charging women more than men simply because of their gender. The president also announced that, over the next few months, his administration will hold roundtable discussions across the country to hear stories from everyday people centered around the economy and fair pay. He said the White House will hold its first ever summit on working families this summer.