A 2010 Government Accountability Office study concluded that women account for 40 percent of managerial jobs (compared with 49 percent of non-managerial jobs) within 13 broad industry sectors. CEOs like Mary Barra of General Motors or Marissa Mayer of Yahoo have become more common, but remain more the exception than the rule. Attitudes about work, and perceptions of discrimination, vary by gender. Women are less likely than men to say they aspire to being a top manager. But they are more likely to call for changes to improve gender equality in the workplace, and more likely to say that being a working parent direct loan forgiveness has made it more difficult to advance their career, according to Pew Research surveys . The job market is arguably performing better for women than for men.
Many of the students at Valencia are older and are returning to school for training that will lead to higher-paying work. Women are “facing unfair choices or outdated workplace policies that hold all of us back, and that has to change,” the president said. The White House plans similar events in Denver, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. The administration says the meetings will lead to a short list of actions the president can take by executive order, push Congress to act on, or launch with business collaboration. The measures would all be aimed at making it easier for women to find good jobs and be paid at levels that match those of their male counterparts. “The president has a range of tools and he wants to figure out which are the right ones,” White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters.
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A wide majority of U.S. senators this week urged Obama to insist that any final agreement state that Iran “has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” In his Nowruz message, Obama said a comprehensive agreement would help move Iran along a new path and ease the economic hardships that sanctions have caused. “If Iran meets its international obligations, we know where the path of dialogue and greater trust and cooperation can lead. It will mean more opportunities for Iranians to trade and forge ties with the rest of the world,” he said. Negotiators from Iran and the United States, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain held talks on Tuesday and Wednesday in Vienna.
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