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Obama Reiterates Call for Equal Pay for Women

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.

In his Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama calls it an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education.

Obama this week issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries. Such an order is considered a way for women to become better informed about their pay.

Obama did not address a recent American Enterprise Institute study that found the Obama White House pays its women staffers about .88 cents to every dollar paid their male counterparts.

In the weekly Republican address, congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington says the economy under Obama is hurting women. She says Republican proposals to help small businesses and increase jobs will benefit women as well as men.


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