President Barack Obama makes opening remarks during his first prime time televised news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
As a son of a single mother and the father of two young daughters, President Obama has developed a council to address issues regarding women and girls.
The President signed an executive order today,creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. It's purpose, Mr.Obama says is to make sure American women and girls are treated fairly in maters of public policy. Among other things, the group will make sure federal cabinet level agencies consider how their polices impact women and families. The President highlighted how women in this country still make 78 cents to a man's dollar. He says that has to change.
"Now it's up to us to carry that work forward; to ensure that our daughters and granddaughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements. And that they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers never dreamed of. That's the purpose of this council," said President Obama.
The council is headed by Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. It will meet with the President on a regular basis.