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Obama declares August 26 Women's Equality Day

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In honor of Women's Equality Day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, discussed a new economic agenda for women called "When women succeed, America succeeds."

"We're focused on the equal pay, the paid medical leave and the child care aspects of the difference we have to make. We've already passed the Affordable Health Care Act. These are bills that we must pass and I hope we can do so with your support," Pelosi said.

Three main policies make up the focus of the agenda: equal pay, work and family balance and affordable, quality child care.

A member of the American Association of University Women shared her personal experience of discrimination with a mixed crowd of men, women and some children.

Dianne Morphew, with the American Association of University Women said, "I was preparing to leave my job at the L.A. headquarters of a publicly traded Fortune 500 oil and gas company and the man they were considering for my position was someone in a different office whom I had actually trained. He told me an amount that was 150 percent of my salary. Fifty percent more than what I was making."

Congresswoman Pelosi says she'll continue to travel and share the new agenda, but admits she'll need help along the way.

"Nothing is more eloquent to a member of Congress than the voice of his or her own constituents," Pelosi said. "For your mother, for your sister, for your wife, for your daughter, how can you think her work should be valued less in the workplace? I think that should be something that is very achievable. It's at no cost to the federal government."

The Obama Administration says women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns and 40 percent of working women are the primary breadwinners in their families.



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