President Obama dedicated his keynote speech at the Phoenix Awards — a banquet to culminate the 45th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference — to the sacrifices Black women have historically made to advance this great nation, even without much recognition.
“We’ve got to do more than say…we’d put a woman on the ten dollar bill,” Obama said, calling the wage gap a “mockery of our economy” before declaring that, while the $10 campaign is nice, America needs to make strides to ensure that Black women are earning those same dollars.
“Women were the foot soldiers. They strategized boycotts. Organized marches,” he said. “All of us are the beneficiaries of a long line of strong black women who helped carry our country. It’s thanks to black women that we’ve come a long way since the days when a girl like Ruby Bridges couldn’t go to school…Black women have been a part of every great movement in American history. Even if they weren’t always given a voice.”
“I’m focusing on women tonight because I want them to know how much we appreciate them, how much we admire them, how much we love them,” he added.