February 29, 2012 at 17:35 PM EST
At Home and Abroad, Breaking Down Barriers for Women and Girls
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, at an event addressing women’s political participation. As a woman who discovered a true passion for public service, this topic is one for which I care very deeply. My parents raised me to believe that if I worked hard and focused on my goals, there were no limits to what I could accomplish. My responsibility as the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls is to help ensure that all women and girls have that same opportunity. I’m proud to say that President Obama shares this goal. His dream is for his daughters to grow up in a world where they can compete on an even playing field. A world where women have access to equal education, equal pay, and equal opportunity. The President is determined that America will do its part to help empower women around the world.  Under the new U.S. National Action Plan for Women, Peace, and Security , all U.S. government personnel who serve in conflict-affected areas will be responsible for making that sure women are part of the peacemaking process. At the UN last year, Secretary Clinton signed a new Declaration on Women’s Participation. And during President Obama’s address to the 2011 UN General Assembly, he reaffirmed his commitment to increasing women’s participation, and called upon member states to announce the steps they are taking to break down economic and political barriers for women and girls.  President Obama also intends to lead by example here in the United States, by harnessing the extraordinary talent of women and girls as we create an America that’s built to last.  read more
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