Weekly Women's Update
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights! This week, President Obama traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the first official visit by a sitting U.S. President to the island since President Kennedy visited in 1961. The visit follows a comprehensive report of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status.
Additionally, the First Lady was the keynote speaker at the 40th anniversary gala for the National Partnership for Women and Families, where she spoke about the Administration’s commitment to women and children, and the Partnership’s many accomplishments.
Next week, First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana to meet with young people from across Africa, including the Young African Women Leaders Forum.
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First Lady Michelle Obama reacts as President Barack Obama soothes a crying baby while they greet guests at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama Makes Historic Trip to Puerto Rico
President Obama commemorates President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Puerto Rico 50 years ago and continues his historic engagement his Administration has carried out with Puerto Rico.
First Lady's Trip
In the coming days, First Lady Michelle Obama will be traveling to South Africa and Botswana to meet with young people from across Africa, including the Young African Women Leaders Forum.
President Obama Visits Youth Initiative Debrief
Last week, 10 incredible young Americans who had participated in the “100 Youth Roundtables” Initiative and came to Washington, DC for a de-brief with President Obama, his Senior Staff, and DC-based youth advocates.
The First Lady Speaks on The Role of Family in the Workplace
The First Lady was the keynote speaker at the 40th anniversary gala for the National Partnership for Women and Families, where she spoke about the Administration’s commitment to women and children, and the Partnership’s many accomplishments.
Joining Forces| Steps Across America to Help Military Families
This blog introduces readers to Troy Yocum, a veteran who returned from Iraq in the Summer of 2009 with one thought on his mind: he had to do more. Troy has walked thousands of miles across the United States and back. In every town, he stops and talks with people about his mission to assist military families in need.
President Obama announces “How to Make Change Series for Young Americans”
Last week, President Obama met with young Americans in the West Wing to de-brief on the “100 Youth Roundtables” Initiative. They discussed issues regarding environmental regulations, community organizations, legislation that the President supports, and how to really make a difference all around.
Building Efficiency: Our Campaign to Cut Waste
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes an unprecedented commitment to efficiency and fiscal discipline in order to best support frontline operations.
Immigrant Conversation: Taking the Conversation on the Road
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security heard from leaders who helped identify best practices and give their ideas about what the federal government can do to help immigrant populations and the communities.
Creating a More Accountable Government
This week, the Vice President hosted an event at the White House where he announced that the President has asked him to take on a new role holding the Cabinet accountable for cutting waste in their agencies as part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people.
Accelerating America’s Competitiveness and Job Growth
The President toured Cree’s manufacturing facilities, to deliver remarks and meet with the Jobs Council to discuss initiatives and policies to spur economic growth, promote job creation and accelerate hiring across the nation.
There Ought to be an Environment App for That
EPA is launching an effort called the Apps for the Environment Challenge that encourages private software developers to make smart phone Apps that use EPA’s data (and other sources of data) to help people and communities make decisions that affect their lives.
President Obama Gives Weekly Address
The President outlines how the government is partnering with the private sector to ensure workers have the skills they need to be competitive and grow the economy.
West Wing Week
This week, walk step-by-step with the President as he meets with his Jobs Council in North Carolina to discuss ideas that will accelerate job growth and improve America's competitiveness, tours a manufacturer of energy efficient lighting, travels to Puerto Rico, and more.
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