Recap from the Summit

On June 23, 2014 President Obama convened a White House Summit on Working Families. The White House Summit on Working Families, hosted jointly by the Center for American Progress, the Department of Labor, and the White House Council on Women and Girls, convened businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates, the media, and ordinary citizens for a discussion on issues facing the entire spectrum of working families – from low-wage workers to corporate executives; from young parents to baby boomers caring for their own aging parents.

At the summit participants discussed how to strengthen our nation’s workplaces to better support working families, boost businesses’ bottom lines, and ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades. Over 1,500 people attended the event in Washington, DC, thousands watched the summit online, and tens of thousands participated in the online conversation using #FamiliesSucceed.

But the summit wasn’t just a single day; it was the beginning of a larger movement. It’s a movement about creating change-in our laws, in our business policies, and in our society. Because all Americans should be able to have both a job and a family. All Americans should be able to stay home with a sick child, or an aging parent. All Americans should be paid equally and all Americans should be able to take paid time off to have a child. In order to make that society a reality, we need policies like paid family medical leave, paid sick days, pregnancy fairness, minimum wage, fair scheduling, and a commitment to equal pay.


Manuel Balce Ceneta. Associated Press.

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