Obama, Michelle commemorate International Women's Day, pay tribute

11:04, March 09, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama commemorated the 100th International Women's Day in the White House Monday, hailing the advancement women made.


United States President Barack Obama (R) kisses first lady Michelle Obama during the International Women's Day reception at the White House in Washington D.C., March 8, 2010. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday hosted a reception to honor women around the world and their achievements, on the occasion of the International Women's Day. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

"Women are on the verge of making up the majority of America's workforce," Obama said, bringing up his administration's efforts to make sure "if you do the same work as a man, you ought to be paid the same wage as a man."

He mentioned prominent women in his administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.


United States President Barack Obama addresses the International Women's Day reception at the White House in Washington D.C., March 8, 2010. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday hosted a reception to honor women around the world and their achievements, on the occasion of the International Women's Day. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

Obama also invoked his mother, wife and two young daughters, noting challenges they face and "all of the glass ceilings that have yet to be shattered."

Speaking before his husband, Michelle welcomed all the guests attending the reception, honoring women all across the country and throughout the history.


United States President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama smile during the International Women's Day reception at the White House in Washington D.C., March 8, 2010. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday hosted a reception to honor women around the world and their achievements, on the occasion of the International Women's Day. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

Women's Day dates back to 1857, when hundreds of women in New York went on strike to protest low wages, long work hours and bad working conditions. The International Women's Day was established in 1910 at the Second International Socialist Women's Conference in Denmark.

Source: Xinhua
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