“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...]

NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH, 2014

Presidential Proclamation January 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. In the past ten years, we have witnessed increased awareness of stalking and enhanced responses to stalking across the country. Laws have been strengthened, tens of thousands of professionals trained on responding to stalking, and services for victims of stalking have been expanded. Yet, the fact that 6.6 million adults are stalked in the United States in one year … [Read more...]

Another Step Forward in the Fight against Human Trafficking

In September 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama made a commitment to step up our fight against the evils of human trafficking and pledged to “do even more to help victims recover and rebuild their lives.” Today, as part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to carry out that pledge, and in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the White House released the first-ever Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human … [Read more...]

The Whitehouse, A moving tribute to a legendary figure

Nelson Mandela's struggle against South African apartheid inspired millions. And his great call for justice and equality continues to resonate around the world, as new generations of young people pursue the ideals he embraced. On December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, President Obama paid tribute to a hero and a leader -- and spoke about the path that's still ahead. President Obama delivers remarks at a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. … [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...]

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day – Whitehouse – Aug 26

August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. We commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. As a result, historic change occurred, forever transforming our nation as we took … [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...]

Obamacare‏, Three quick things you should know!

Hi all -- In the past few days, we've received three really interesting new pieces of information about the health care law, and we wanted to share these data points with you so that you get a big picture of how things are changing for the better as the law gets implemented. First, the Affordable Care Act is helping to make sure that insurance companies and providers have to compete for your business by creating a Health Insurance Marketplace that offers people more choice and control … [Read more...]

White House Council on Women & Girls, May 2013

White House Council on Women & Girls White House Women’s Update: An Investment in Our Nation’s Future Friends, Last week, President Obama spoke about the ways the Affordable Care Act is positively impacting the health and lives of women and their families. You can read more about the President’s commitment to health care for women in his 2013 proclamation for National Women’s Health Week. Over the weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the Commencement Address at … [Read more...]

The 2014 Budget highlights the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The 2014 Budget highlights this Administration’s ongoing commitment to implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Budget also aligns with the President’s commitment to achieving the goals of the Strategy by investing in evidence-based interventions, focusing efforts in populations most affected by HIV, and supporting vital research. The Budget is a comprehensive plan that reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course. By making strategic and science-based investments … [Read more...]

LGBT Health Awareness Week, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

'Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, President Obama asked me to identify steps we could take at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As we mark the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, I am proud to say that we have been working hard to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans. For example, we have released rules requiring Medicare … [Read more...]

The Whitehouse, ‘The most powerful moment you’ll watch today!’

"We Have Not Forgotten" This morning, President Obama talked about the tragedy in Newtown, which happened 104 days ago, and brought a room to silence with a simple point: "The entire country was shocked," he said. "And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten. I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten." He was in the East Room, standing with a group of mothers who … [Read more...]

Julia Pierson Is Sworn In As Director of the US Secret Service‏

Julia Pierson, a highly respected veteran of the Secret Service, was sworn in as the Director of that agency in a ceremony with President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Oval Office. As the President said: "I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the Service is extraordinary. She’s come up through the ranks. She’s done just about every job there is to do at the Secret Service." "Obviously, she’s breaking the mold in terms of directors of the agency, and I think that people … [Read more...]

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