Snap Fact #164
President Obama “Stands Up” and “Stands Out” As A Result of His Unabashed Presidential Support of Women’s Issues!
President Obama has great respect for his grandmother, mother, daughters, his wife and all women. He is in strong support of each woman choosing her own career path, whether it is in or out of the home, or both. Among other demonstrations of this, he supports moms raising children by championing equal pay for women. One of the first things the President did after taking office was to create a White House Council on Women and Girls. President Obama wanted to make sure that "every agency across my administration considers the needs of women and girls in every decision they make". What led him to his unwavering support of women's issues? Read below to find out mostly his own words what has guided and driven his commitment to Women’s Issues.
Women now make over more of our country’s workforce, not to mention 80 percent of the Presidents household and if you count his mother-in-law, and he always does, he is surrounded by women. The President has done and said many things in support of women. Just one that reveals his deep respect for the distaff side is his statement that recognizes the breadth and depth of this issue. "Every decision made by those of us in public life impacts women just as much a men".
For President Obama, his respect begins with the women who shaped his life. President Obama grew up the son of a single mom who struggled to put herself through school and make ends make meet. The mother and son needed to rely on food stamps at one point to get by. The persistent young mom eventually earned her education, which she made through with scholarships and hard work. Both the President and his sister followed their mother's example and earned their degrees by hard work, which afforded them deserved scholarships, along with the motivation and support of their mom. When their mother couldn't keep up, another women, Grandma Madelyn Payne Dunham, stepped in to provide the nurturing and support that the Obama youngsters needed. "My grandmother had a high school education. My grandmother wasn’t afforded the opportunity to go to college. Nevertheless she got a job at a bank and she was smart, tough, and disciplined. Eventually she rose from being a secretary to being vice president. Then she hit the glass ceiling and for a big chunk of her career she watched other men that she had trained-younger men than she –pass her up the ladder."