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

The White House 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 forward to highlighting programs and policies for women that change and improve lives. From the establishment of the Council on Women and Girls, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2009, to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and beyond, President Obama and his Administration have demonstrated their commitment to issues affecting women and girls.

Hear from the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett on her recent participation at the 2nd Annual World Conference of Women’s Shelters and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

You can also check out the President’s record on helping women and girls, and join us by phone for an update from here at the White House.

Thank you for all of the work that you do, and your commitment to helping women and girls realize their full potential. Please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you, and celebrating this month together, in all of our communities, across the nation and the world.

Best Wishes,
The White House Council on Women and Girls


FLOTUS and Dr Biden

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand for the national anthem at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Feb. 15, 2012. The First Lady and Dr. Biden joined Gen. Dempsey, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, to unveil a new report outlining opportunities and best practices for states to better support military spouses serving in professions with state licensure requirements. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Highlights from the Blog

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on helping Americans with pre-existing conditions get needed care

The President’s 2013 Budget and the White House Council on Women and Girls

Valerie Jarrett on the United Nations Commission on the Status of WomenPresident Obama’s proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month

Upcoming Opportunities

To kick off Women’s History Month, join us at 2:00 PM EST on Tuesday, March 6 for a White House Womens Update call. To participate, RSVP here.

NASA/JPL is hosting the 24th Annual High-Tech Small Business Conference on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The conference connects small businesses to purchasing and technical representatives from major corporations and Federal Agencies to discuss business opportunities. Sign up today.

Women Working to Do Good

A Voice for Change. This week, HelloGiggles is shining the spotlight on Erica Ngoenha and her work with the ONE Campaign, which empowers young Americans to use their voices and advocate for international aid.

The Presidential News of the Week


West Wing Week 100! Lastweek’s episode featured BB King, the Boeing Dreamliner, a speech about American energy, a payroll tax cut extension, and special musical guest Keb Mo.

In his weekly address, the President discusses the nation’s energy challenges.

Stay Connected

For more information about ways to get involved, visit the Council on Women and Girls’ blog, and follow Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, on Twitter @JonCarson44, See an opportunity for change? Let America know by going to We The People and starting your own petition.


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