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[AUDIO] June 11, 1964 | LBJ Remarks on Equal Pay Act

June 11, 1964 - The latest helpful suggestion for Republicans currently embroiled in the nomination problem came today from President Johnson, who expressed the belief that “there are women with the capacity to be President.”

The President was addressing delegates to the Equal Pay Conference during a White House ceremony marking the effective day of the 1963 bill signed by President Kennedy guaranteeing women equal pay for doing the same work as men.

“I do not know when the day will come that a woman will be elected President,” said the Chief Executive. “If it will not be taken as interference in the effort of a certain party to decide upon a nominee this year, I will say that I believe there are women today with the capacity to be President.”

The President went on to assure his audience on the South Lawn that he was “opposed to both stag government and men-only opportunity.” He reminded the women how active he had been as Vice President and as President in the cause of women’s rights.”

Mr. Johnson expressed the hope that more women would work both in Government and on Government, at every level.

“There are 91,000 governments in the United States — all of them can be made better and stronger by your interest, support, and participation outside and inside.”

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