“Even though we are in 2014, there are women who still earn less than men for doing the same job. And in this country there can be no second-class citizens and workers,” said Barack Obama in the traditional Saturday family message that appeals to female voters four days from the midterm elections.
“Women must have equal pay and should have the same chance of success at work as they now account for half of our workforce,” said Obama, noting in particular how “women deserve to be able to be put on paid leave to care for new kids, a sick parent, or take sick days.” “Pregnant women – says the US president – deserve to be treated fairly. They can still be fired for taking too many breaks, or are forced to take unpaid leave. This is wrong, and we must choose policies to ensure that women expecting a child are treated with dignity and respect.”
“The majority of low-wage workers are also women – underscores Obama – but Congress in seven years would not launch an increase in the minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents, an increase which would benefit 28 million workers, more than half of women. These are common-sense policies that should be pursued. “The US president then claimed successes in the economy after the Great Depression.” We have come a long way from six years ago. Over the past 55 months our businesses have created 10.3 million jobs. And for the first time in six years, employment has fallen below 6%. And yet, over the last six months, our economy grew at the fastest pace since 2003″.