“When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”

"When Women Succeed, America Succeeds" Friends -- Earlier this week, President Obama hosted a meeting with women members of Congress to discuss the 2014 women’s economic agenda, and the administration’s plan to expand opportunity for every American. At the meeting, the President announced the date of the upcoming White House Summit on Working Families (June 23, 2014), where we will continue the conversation about issues facing the 21st century workplace. To learn more about the White … [Read more...]

Judy Vredenburgh – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse woman leader, one that has taken on the challenge to lead the way, through Girls Inc. in bettering the lives of all women, by developing future women leaders.     WOMAN of ACTION™         Judy Vredenburgh   Judy Vredenburgh is President and CEO of Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM. Girls Inc. … [Read more...]

America and Iran: Backchanneling In Plain Sight

President Barack Obama confirmed in an interview broadcast today that he has exchanged letters with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in what may be the first successfully reciprocated communication between leaders of the two countries. The confirmation vaults what had been a quietly evolving process of bilateral diplomacy between the two long-time adversaries into the public eye at a particularly sensitive moment — immediately on the heels of a U.S.-Russian deal to avert military action in … [Read more...]

SYRIA: A DISASTER FOR WOMEN

PETER BIRO/INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE Syria: It's a problem, a political conundrum—and a disaster for women and children, who make up the bulk of the 2 million people who have fled the country. Even when they arrive in camps in neighboring countries, female refugees find little security; instead they're often subjected to rape and sexual harassment. Shelter, water, medical care—all are in short supply in the camps. Fortunately, many international nonprofits are helping bridge that gap. … [Read more...]

HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

Today we are proud to announce the release of the report by the President’s Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities. We have had the honor of serving as co-chairs of the interagency Federal Working Group since March 2012, when President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum to address two overlapping challenges to the health and wellbeing of communities across the United States: the effects of HIV/AIDS, and the … [Read more...]

VDAY ‘Takes Action’ on Syria!

V-Day Statement Against Possible U.S. Military Intervention in Syria The situation in Syria is dire with 100,000 dead, over 2 million having fled the country (half of them children), and 4.25 million internally displaced. V-Day calls on you, our community, to rise and make our voices heard against military intervention, as such an action would simply bring about more violence and suffering. Today, we call on the U.S. to uphold the unconditional right of the Syrian people to … [Read more...]

Presidential Medal of Freedom celebrates 50 Years!

President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients 2013 Marks 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Establishment of the Presidential Medal of Freedom     WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United … [Read more...]

Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President

MESSAGE FROM Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President Hey everyone, I don't usually write emails like this, and we don't usually send messages like this to this list. But I just finished reading the draft of a speech the President plans to deliver on Wednesday, and I want to explain why it's one worth checking out. Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President Obama went to Knox College in his home state of Illinois where he laid out his … [Read more...]

Sebelius Approves Plans for Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy common core indicators for … [Read more...]

Linda Lowen, Will 2013 Be a Groundbreaking Year for Women?

How are things shaping up for women in 2013? Are the headlines from the first two weeks of the new year any indication of what's to come? We saw lots of firsts in the 2012 election, with most of them having to do with the religion, sexual orientation and gender of winning candidates. says The Fix, Chris Chillizza. Below are the ones we have cobbled together. What did we miss? The comments section awaits. (And we will include the best ones in future updates.) First president … [Read more...]

OBAMA (USA) – IMPLEMENTING HEALTH CARE LAW, 2014

Starting in 2014, consumers and small businesses in every state will have access to quality, affordable health insurance ­­– known as qualified health plans – offered through an Exchange – a marketplace where consumers can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their health needs. The marketplace will provide consumers and small businesses one stop shopping for health insurance with better information about plan benefits, quality and cost­­ – simplifying the process for buying … [Read more...]

President Obama on the Shooting in Connecticut‏

President Obama on the Shooting in Connecticut This afternoon, President Obama made a statement from the Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Watch the President's statement on the shooting in Connecticut. President Obama's Remarks Read President Obama's full remarks: This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will … [Read more...]

White House Women and Girls Update: Happy Women’s History Month!

Friday,March 2, 2012 White House Women and Girls Update: March is Women's History Month   Happy Women's History Month! Yesterday, President Obama issued his official Women's History Month proclamation, where he reminds us that "during Women's History Month, we commemorate their struggles, celebrate centuries of progress, and reaffirm our steadfast commitment to the rights, security, and dignity of women in America and around the world." Throughout March, we look … [Read more...]

WORLD AIDS DAY 2011 – The Beginning of the End of AIDS‏

December 1, 2011 The Beginning of the End of AIDSToday is World AIDS Day, and President Obama is marking the occasion by speaking at "The Beginning of the End of AIDS," an event hosted by the ONE Campaign and (RED) at George Washington University. Find out more and watch live. Have questions about the global AIDS epidemic and what the Administration is doing to bring it to an end? Today at 2:30 p.m. EST, Gayle Smith, Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the White … [Read more...]

Halloween at the Whitehouse ~ Let’sMove!

November 1, 2011 HALLOWEEN AT THE WHITE HO-- USE The President and First Lady celebrated Halloween on Saturday night by welcoming local students and children of military families to the White House for some trick-or-treating. They gave out cookies, White House M&M’s, and dried fruit mix to kids who came by. Watch the video: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama give out Halloween treats on the North Portico of the White … [Read more...]

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