Valerie Jarrett is the woman in the White House championing working families. Her wide-ranging duties as senior adviser and longtime confidant to President Obama include heading the White House Council on Women and Girls, whose mission is to ensure every governmental branch takes into account women's needs within their polices, programs, and legislations. This spring, they’ll convene the highly anticipated White House Summit on Working Families, co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Department of Labor. Ahead of the event, the council is speaking with single mothers and working wives, along with employers, economists, and advocates, to brainstorm ideas about ensuring equal pay and more family-friendly workplaces. The project grew out of the Equal Futures Partnership, launched in September 2012 by Jarrett and Hillary Clinton, designed to empower women economically and politically—and, most importantly, getting them involved at local, regional, and national levels.
Ahead of the March 31 deadline for enrolling in national health care, Jarrett is urging young women to sign up, recently saying,“ Women have faced discrimination in insurance, including paying higher premiums because they were women [but the Affordable Care Act has made that illegal.” She adds, “There are benefits that are unique for women—the preventive care such as screenings for breast and cervical cancer, and contraception coverage without copay.” Jarrett will join us on stage at the Women in the World event in Washington D.C. Watch our webcast here.