President Barack Obama speaks at the newly-designated Belmont-Paul Womens Equality National Monument in Washington, DC, April 12, 2016. The new Belmont-Paul Womens Equality National Monument will protect the iconic house that has served as the headquarters for the National Womans Party since 1929. From this house, known in recent years as the Sewall-Belmont House, members of the Party led the movement for womens equality, authoring more than 600 pieces of federal, state and local legislation in support of equal rights. The new monument is named for former Party president, activist and suffragist Alva Belmont, who was a major benefactor of the National Woman's Party, and Alice Paul, who founded the Party and was the chief strategist and leader in the Partys ongoing fight for womens political, social, and economic equality. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Women fought for equality, it was not just given to them.”
It was far from an endorsement, but President Barack Obama made sure to make mention of the idea of a woman president during remarks dedicating a monument to women suffragist.
“I want them to be astonished that there was a time when women were outnumbered in the boardroom or Congress or that a woman had never sat in the oval office,” Obama said regarding children in later generations.
The remark comes as Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Obama on Tuesday declared the Sewall-Belmont House, the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. The monument honors suffragist Alva Belmont and Alice Paul, founder of the National Women’s Party.
Obama mentioned the Oval Office in the context of future generations visiting the newly declared monument.
”I want young girls and boys to come here, 10, 20, 100 years from now to know women fought for equality, it was not just given to them,” Obama said. “I want them to come here and be astonished that there was ever a time when women couldn't vote. I want them to be astonished that there was ever a time when women earned less than men for doing the same work.”
Obama called on Congress to pass the “Paycheck Fairness Act” to increase the ability to women to sue for gender pay discrimination. But he also said that America is a “work in progress” always improving.
"I’m not here just to say we should close the wage gap. I’m here to say we will close the wage gap,” Obama said.
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