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President Kennedy Meets with Commission on the Status of Women

Feb. 12, 1962 - President Kennedy said today that it was essential that women workers be assured of pay that reflected the services they rendered. He spoke briefly to the first meeting of his Commission on the Status of Women. The group met at the White House under the chairmanship of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. The President noted that about 1/3 of the U.S. working force consisted of women who also have a primary obligation to their families and their homes. “Their work makes it possible to maintain that home and that family in many cases,” the President said. “We want to make sure that they are able to move ahead and perform their functions without any discrimination by law or by implication.” Mr. Kennedy said that the Government’s agencies had attempted to make it possible for women to enjoy pay equality and “we want that to be true legally.” “We want to examine the question of whether women are receiving compensation in accordance with the service they render, whether they are being protected in all their promotion rights and all the rest.”

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