Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights

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Last night, President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act designed to put more people back to work, including teachers, first responders, and construction workers, and to put more money in the pockets of working Americans. It will create new American jobs, and it won’t add a dime to the deficit, it will be fully paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

In a reversal of the gender patterns that characterized the recession, the recovery has seen job gains for men and losses for women. President Obama recognizes this and has ensured that the American Jobs Act takes targeted actions to create jobs for women. You can find the President’s speech and a fact sheet with details here.

Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Senior Advisor to President Obama has written a blog post  to highlight targeted job creation policies for women in the American Jobs Act. Among other things, the plan will save and create teacher jobs, modernize schools, create jobs for the long-term unemployed, and train women in non-traditional careers like construction.

Check out all of the facts on how the American Jobs Act specifically benefits women here (PDF).

President Barack Obama Shakes Hands With Members Of Congress

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Members of Congress as he makes his way through the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

This weekend we will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of the tragic attacks that took place on 9/11. White House staff will be involved in a number of Service day and remembrance projects throughout the weekend. Make sure you stay involved and join the thousands participating in National Service Day, you can find service opportunities in your area by visiting

White House Office Hours: American Jobs Act

Your Voice Makes a Difference in Putting America Back to Work

Interactive Feature: The First Lady’s Box, at the President's Jobs Speech

Op-ed by President Obama in USA Today: Let's Reclaim the Post-9/11 Unity | The White House

Vice President Biden on Remembering 9/11: "We are a Nation about Possibilities"

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Avra Siegel is the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
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