U.S. President Barack Obama emphasizes the choices he says the U.S. needs to make in order to help more women advance economically. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday (November 1) emphasized the policy choices he says the U.S. needs to make in order to help more women advance economically. Obama said nearly half the U.S. workforce are women and used his weekly address to the public to highlight family-friendly measures such as affordable childcare and equal pay for women, adding that policies which benefit women "benefit all of us". "We don't have second class citizens in this country, we shouldn't have in the workplace either," Obama said. Obama is hoping for a strong turnout from female voters for Democratic candidates in congressional and gubernatorial elections next week, and has put women in the spotlight in recent days, including at an economic-focused event in Rhode Island, one of three states where paid family leave was written into the law. The female vote helped elect Obama to the White House in 2012. Obama needs their vote to help Democrats hold on to control of the U.S. Senate and a handful of governors' mansions across the country.