Council on Women and Girls Highlights
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A lot of exciting accomplishments for women were highlighted here at the White House recently, and across the world this past week. All three Nobel Peace Prize winners were women from Africa and the Middle East, we were visited by female soccer and basketball all-stars, the First Lady's Lets' Move! program attempted to beat a Guiness World Record and the state arrival for the President and First Lady of South Korea was on Thursday.
The President continued to focus on getting Americans back to work. On Tuesday, October 11, President Obama met with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to discuss the security of our economy. Yesterday, as a part of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's official state visit, President Obama and President Lee held a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House today taking questions from both the U.S. and Korean press on a number of issues including the recently passed landmark trade agreement between the two countries.
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The Nobel Peace Prize winners, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen, are inspiring role models for young women everywhere. The chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett, congratulated these Women in a blog and shared President Obama’s statement of congratulations.
On Thursday October 6, Members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and First Lady Michelle Obama took to the South Lawn for a Let's Move! soccer clinic that taught the kids soccer skills while highlighting the importance of physical activity. Nicole Barnhart, goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team shared her experience and insight into achieving one's goals. Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama welcomed the Texas A&M University women’s basketball team to th e White House to celebrate their 2011 NCAA championship, in the Rose Garden. The Texas A&M Women’s Head Coach, Gary Blair, reflected on his journey and the power of women in sports.
First Lady Michelle Obama greets children on the South Lawn of the White House after they did jumping jacks to help break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, Oct. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
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Avra Siegel is the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
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