Weekly Women's Update
Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights! This week, the President and First Lady welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany to the White House for an Official Visit. Chancellor Merkel is etching cracks in the glass ceiling of inequality by becoming Germany’s first female Chancellor.
During an official visit later this month, First Lady Michelle Obama will continue to spread this message of international understanding as she travels to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana. The trip, focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellness, is a continuation of Mrs. Obama’s work to engage young people at home and abroad.
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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Garden Harvest Event with children and members of the American Indian community, in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House, June 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
Let’s Move! in Indian Country Initiative
First Lady Michelle Obama and American Indian kids spent the afternoon in the White House kitchen garden planting the “three sisters” crops (corns, beans, and squash).
US Coast Guard Breaking Down Barriers for Women
This blog introduces readers to United States Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard. Admiral Papp reflects on the appointment of Admiral Sandra Stosz. Admiral Stosz is the first woman to command any U.S. service academy.
Joining Forces| The Strength, Resilience of Military Families
The First Lady speaks at the commencement ceremony of Quantico Middle/High School, honoring the graduating seniors from military families for their strength and compassion towards others.
The First Lady to Travel to South Africa
The trip, focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellness, is a continuation of Mrs. Obama’s work to engage young people at home and abroad.
Secretary Hilda Solis Speaks Out: 100 Years of Apprenticeship
Speaking at the National Mall, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis commemorates 100 years of registered apprenticeships and the success of the millions of Americans who started their careers as apprentices.
Champions of Change: HIV/AIDS – 30 Years of Activism on the Frontlines
Brian Bond, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement, commemorates thirty years of the fight against HIV/AIDS. The anniversary marks an opportunity to raise awareness and improve research on this pandemic.
Quality Healthcare At Work
The Affordable Care Act will strengthen the health care system and make it easier for employers to offer high quality coverage to their employees. Here's what contrary reports have missed.
Vice President & Dr. Jill Biden Address Troops in Italy
On a daily basis, each of these men and women show us what words like service, strength, and sacrifice really mean. Our military families serving in the United States and around the world are truly inspiring, and they need to know that everyone at home appreciates all that they do for our nation.
Ending Veteran Homelessness
One out of every six men and women in our shelters has worn our country’s uniform, and that is a national disgrace. It is also the reason HUD put together a strategic plan to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. Not reduce it, not redefine it, but end it.
President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address
Speaking from a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, the President commends the work of America’s dedicated autoworkers, who have helped reinvigorate the auto industry.
“A Partnership Between Our Peoples” | Video
President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House taking questions on issues ranging from the economy to Libya.
First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses the National Partnership for Women and Families
Yesterday, 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.
West Wing Week
This week, the President traveled to Toledo, Ohio to talk to workers about the resurgence of the American auto industry and welcomed German Chancellor Merkel for an Official Visit.
Be a Champion of Change: Nominate a Leader in Your Community
Know someone who is doing extraordinary things to make a difference in your community? Nominate them to be a Champion of Change.
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