Get ready for the tired War on Women shtick.
The renewed focus comes ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, where Democrats hope to cling to their majority in the Senate and avoid losing seats in the House. Women were crucial to the president’s reelection bid, with the president taking a 12-point advantage among female voters.
On Thursday, Obama will host a roundtable discussion at Valencia College. His remarks are expected to focus on how women are disproportionately dependent on financial aid, and how many older women seeking postsecondary degrees are balancing their education and families.
But the event is also intended to promote a series of five regional forums where senior administration officials will solicit ideas about how the government can make it easier for women to get ahead in the workplace.
The events in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and New York City are intended as listening sessions for the White House to gather ideas on how the president and other lawmakers can address discrimination issues and family pressures that exacerbate gender disparities.
Listening sessions? When have they ever listened to anyone?
“The point of tomorrow is to really kick off a series of conversations around the country,” said White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.