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15 Apr

President Obama Town Hall in Charlotte

President Obama Town Hall in Charlotte

President Obama Town Hall in Charlotte

President Obama Town Hall in Charlotte

President Obama Town Hall in Charlotte

Wednesday, April 15, President Obama came to Charlotte to hold a Town Hall meeting and I had the honor of attending (special shout out to my Mom, Lisa Stone, BlogHer, and SheKnows)!  The President's main focus for the discussion was equal pay and other economic and financial issues affecting families.  Here are some of the comments that stood out to me and that I live-tweeted (follow me on Twitter @BlitzAndGlam):

 

  • On more women going into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM): The number of women going into forensics skyrocketed after CSI because women saw other women in that field.  Girls and women must see themselves in these fields. 
  • On small business: Every big business started as a small business.
  • On childcare: It is important to have flexibility in the workplace when it comes to childcare.
  • On student loans and the cost of higher education: It is important to reduce the cost of higher education.  Ways that we can do that is by offering more online education and by counseling students so that they can get through college without it taking more years than necessary.
  • On equal pay: Some Republicans in Congress dispute that equal pay is a problem.  They put the blame on lifestyle choices.
  • Taxes: The rich don't need tax breaks. 

 

Photography: Tamara A. Marbury

Tamara Marbury
1 Comment
  • Lisa Stone

    Hi Tamara: Great post — I'm so glad you were able to join us!

    Like you, I've been thinking about the president's comment about the television show CSI and how integrating images of women in entertainment in science, tech, engineering and math fields can raise the profile of these fields, from which women and girls are unfortunately walking away as this AAUW report. Someone I really admire who is making a huge difference, town by town, is Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) and @BlackGirlsCode.com. Incredible!

    Can't wait to hear whether you think there are any next steps this event inspired, for you or across the community —

    Best, Lisa

    April 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm