[guest post by Dana]
As we are all well aware, March is Women’s History month. Here is President Obama’s proclamation.
As women fight for their seats at the head of the table, my Administration offers our unwavering support. The first bill I signed as President was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which made it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination. Under the Affordable Care Act, we banned insurance companies from charging women more because of their gender, and we continue to defend this law against those who would let women’s bosses influence their health care decisions. Last year, recognizing a storied history of patriotic and courageous service in our Armed Forces, the United States military opened ground combat units to women in uniform. We are also encouraging more girls to explore their passions for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and taking action to create economic opportunities for women across the globe. Last fall, we finalized a rule to extend overtime and minimum wage protections to homecare workers, 90 percent of whom are women. And this January, I launched a White House task force to protect students from sexual assault.
Clearly, there is much to disagree with and debate within the proclamation. Not all of us play gender politics, and not all of us see these changes as a positive for our country. Also, it’s important to note that the progress cited in the proclamation is not necessarily being accurately reflected.
In the interest of brevity and because a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, I will simply say that I choose to be grateful for what others dare not dream about. And I don’t need one month of the year federally designated as a reminder.
(Photo via American Digest)