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President Kennedy on Women's Rights

Nov. 8, 1961 — President Kennedy smiled his way out of a bristling question on women’s rights at his news conference today. A woman questioner noted that the Democratic platform had promised to support equal rights for women, including equal pay. She asked: “What have you done for the women according to the promises of the platform?” “Well,” said Mr. Kennedy, “I am sure we have not done enough.” He added, when the laughter subsided, that he believed in equal pay for equal work and thought “we ought to do better than we are doing.” “I am glad you reminded me of it,” he concluded, to more male laughter from the audience.


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