Join us for a conversation on working families for a 21st century workplace

On June 23, 2014, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) will host a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. Workplaces that make full use of the talented pool of American workers are essential – to a thriving and healthy economy, to enable businesses to stay competitive in today’s global economy, and to help all workers ensure the economic stability of their families. Too many working Americans – both women and men – are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and respond to the competing demands of work and family. We will convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.

White House Summit on Working Families

Please Join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden at the White House Summit on Working Families.

The summit is co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Basic agenda

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks
  • 9:20 AM: First Plenary: Family Matters
  • 11:00 AM: For Online Audience Only: HuffPost Live Segment: Family Matters
  • 11:00 AM: BREAKOUT 1: Hourly Workers
    BREAKOUT 2: Compensation
    BREAKOUT 3: Evaluation & Assessment Tools
    BREAKOUT 4: Young Women Leaders
  • 12:30 PM: Second Plenary: A 21st Century Economy that Works for Business and Workers: Businesses need to adopt.
  • 1:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT Delivers Remarks
  • 3:15 PM: BREAKOUT 1: Talent Attraction and Retention
    BREAKOUT 2: Structure of the Workplace
    BREAKOUT 3: Caregiving
    BREAKOUT 4: STEM and Non-Traditional Jobs
  • 3:30 PM: For Online Audience Only: HuffPost Live Segment: Career Ladders and Leadership
  • 4:30 PM: Third Plenary: Career Ladders and Leadership
  • 5:30 PM: Closing Remarks
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Working Families By The Numbers


Women make up nearly half of our workforce.

Fact #2Scott Boehm. Associated Press


On average women still earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, and women of color earn even less.

Fact #2Associated Press


Working married women bring home 44% of their families income

Fact #2Bruce Schreiner. Associated Press


African-American women are paid only 64 cents, and Hispanic women only 54 cents, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

Fact #3Associated Press. Eric Gray.

3 in 5

In almost 3 out of 5 married families with children, both parents work.

In 2/3 of families all parents workAssociated Press


Women earn 59% of all higher education degrees.

In 2/3 of families all parents work©
All working families deserve the chance to succeed in our economy. More than ever, ensuring the success of women and working families will enhance the success of our economy, our workplaces, and our most vulnerable citizens. The White House Summit on Working Families will elevate these issues in the national debate and explore how we can create an economy that works for all Americans.