Obama: Gov’t. would work better with ‘more women in Congress’

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, April 6, 2012 16:40 EDT
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President Barack Obama speaks about minimum wage protections for in-home care workers on Dec. 15, 2011. Photo: Courtesy, The White House.
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Speaking to a crowd on Friday, President Barack Obama urged more American women to get into government, and even suggested that “more women in Congress” would practically guarantee that more gets done.

The president was speaking about women and the economy following the White House’s publication of a 65-page report (PDF) on how women’s issues can continue to be advanced in Washington and workplaces.

Echoing one of the report’s key findings, Obama said that in the last decade, “women have earned well over half the higher education degrees awarded in America, but once they get out of college, we still have a lot of ground to cover.”

He went on: “Just three percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Fewer than 20 percent of the seats in Congress are occupied by women. Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in Congress? Is that fair to say, Joe? I think it’s fair to say. That is almost guaranteed.”

This video was broadcast by MSNBC on Friday, April 6, 2012, as snipped by Think Progress.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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