At the White House’s recent Forum on Women and the Economy, President Obama and other speakers encouraged the continued development of economic and social policies that benefit women. Major topics discussed were the need for workplace flexibility and the wage gap between men and women.
Once considered a perk, workplace flexibility programs are now in place in many organizations. The White House encouraged more employers to consider adopting such programs as they do not just benefit women. Data show that such programs increase overall employee retention and productivity.
Addressing the wage gap, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report in conjunction with the forum showing that women in America earn only 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. While one speaker acknowledged that women’s unwillingness to negotiate for higher salaries was “an important part of the puzzle,” it does not fully account for this disparity.