In Florida, Obama calls for equal pay for women

By Nedra Pickler

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 20 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Obama is visiting the school to highlight women's economic issues. He will also then travel to Miami for a pair of fundraisers for the democrats before returning to Washington later tonight.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Barack Obama is blending his economic and political pitches by calling for equal pay for women and for Congress to pass more family-friendly workplace policies.

Obama says women should get equal pay for equal work and says they should be able to have a baby without fear of losing a job. In his words, "This isn't 1958 — it's 2014."

Obama made the gender-centered appeal Thursday during a political excursion into Florida. He spoke at Orlando's Valencia College, calling for better educational opportunities for women.

The president says Congress should get rid of policies that, in his words, "belong in a 'Mad Men' episode."

He notes that women are a minority in Congress and says that more would get done if, quote, "you kind of evened that out a little bit."

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