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White House promoting issues effecting women

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WASHINGTON (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The White House is launching a campaign to promote economic issues facing women, a key voting bloc in this year's midterm election.

President Barack Obama is hosting at least 10 Democratic female lawmakers at the White House Wednesday as his Council of Economic Advisers is issuing a report decrying a gender wage gap. It says full-time working women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in the workforce, despite making gains in higher education and inroads into traditionally male-dominated occupations.

The White House says the economic issues facing women and families will be addressed at a Working Families Summit the president will host on June 23 at Washington's Omni Shoreham hotel. The summit was announced as part of Obama's State of the Union address in January.

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