Next week, Shine is heading down to Washington, D.C., to chat with White House officials about issues that affect women in education, employment, and work-life balance. Our exclusive interview with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Adviser at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, will be livestreamed at whitehouse.gov and elsewhere, and we want to know: What do you want us to ask the Obama Administration about women in the workplace, education, or work-life balance?
Earlier this month, the White House published "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being," the first comprehensive federal report since 1963, when President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, was released. The 2011 report pulls together data from a variety of sources and studies, offering a big-picture view of the issues women face today, and how women's lives in the United States has changed over time.
"Today, women still earn on average only about 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. That's a huge discrepancy," President Barack Obama said in his weekly address on March 12. "And at a time when folks across this country are struggling to make ends meet - and many families are just trying to get by on one paycheck after a job loss - it's a reminder that achieving equal pay for equal work isn't just a women's issue. It's a family issue."
Work-life balance, career and workplace issues, and education initiatives that focus on women can have a massive impact on families in general. Do you want to know why men still earn more than women, in spite of all of the gains women have main in the workplace? Wondering if the motherhood penalty still applies? Why do you think there are so few female CEOs? And why should we encourage girls to go into math and science?
Leave your questions for the Obama Administration in the comments, below, and tune in on Wednesday, March 30, to watch our exclusive interview live.
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