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Is Obama Changing the Way Washington Works for Women?

By Libby Parker*

On April 6th, 2011, the Center for American Progress and American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies held a special presentation entitled ‘Obama in Office: Assessing the First Two Years’. I tuned into the live webcast to catch the third and final discussion panel: ‘Has President Obama Changed the Way Washington Works? Obama, Lobbyists, Women, and Managing the Executive Branch,’ featuring presentations from Jennifer Lawless, Beryl Radin, and James A. Thurber.

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Looking to Women in America for Solutions

*By Kate Meyer

Last week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal, General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, hosted a White House Webchat to highlight findings from the recently released report Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. Here at NCRW we were thrilled to see Jarrett and Bansal advocating for the same policies and programs that are on our agenda.

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Early Childhood Funding at Risk

Yesterday, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) convened a call with the National Women's Law Center, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and First Five Years Fund.  The purpose of the call was to raise awareness about the current precarious position of early childhood funding. 

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State of the Union Taboo: Women's Poverty

Originally posted February 2, 2011 on The Huffington Post

By Linda Basch

President Obama's State of the Union address was heartening for its forward looking focus on collaboration, innovation, and sustainable growth but there was a missed opportunity to pay attention to those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, especially women of color and their families, who are being left out of the current policy debate.

While there is much to applaud about President Obama's speech -- its calls for increased civility and investments in education, alternative energy, and infrastructure without back-peddling on health care, there was only one brief allusion to the millions who are being underserved: "our most vulnerable citizens."

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Obama Talks Economy from a Seattle Backyard

By Nkiru Uzodi*

On Thursday, October 21st I jumped on the phone with other NCRW staffers to get the latest dish on women and the economy straight from the source: The White House. Valerie Jarrett, the Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, announced the launch of a new report: Jobs and Economic Security for America’s Women

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