Washington - June 10, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

"Over the course of her career, a working woman with a college degree will earn, on average, hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a man who does the same work. Now that's wrong. I don't want that for Malia and Sasha. I don't want that for your daughters -- I don't want that to be an example that any child growing up ends up accepting as somehow the norm. I want every child to grow up knowing that a woman's hard work is valued and rewarded just as much as any man's."

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2. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama

"So to anyone who says 77 cents on the dollar sounds pretty close to equal, I say, your math is bad. You wouldn't like it if your vote only counted in three out of four elections. You wouldn't like it if your daughters or sons went to school, but they only got taught three out of four days a week or four out of five days a week. You wouldn't like it if you were forced to work every fourth day without pay. Men would be complaining about that. They wouldn't think that was equal or fair. So this is the 21st century. It's time to close that gap. That's why the first bill I signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act."


President Barack Obama is calling attention to the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act that aimed to eliminate gender wage disparities, making the case for strengthening the law that President John F. Kennedy signed in 1963.

Obama, speaking to an audience almost entirely of women, says women continue to be paid less than men. He says: "This is the 21st century. It's time to close that gap."

The event's focus on women's pay comes during a week when Obama is paying special attention to Democratic constituent groups. On Tuesday he will speak at the White House in support of an overhaul of immigration laws. He will be fundraising for the Democrats on Wednesday. On Thursday he will observe LGBT Pride Month with remarks at the White House.