White House Hosts Summit on Working Families

Michelle Obama spoke about the benefits of paid maternity leave and the need for equal pay.
3:53 | 06/24/14

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their kids are eating breakfast. Now, to the all-day summit on working families. President Obama making a strong pitch for guaranteed paid maternity leave. I had a chance to talk to the first lady about that and other issues facing Americans. Monday afternoon, president Obama giving a keynote address at the summit, urging a big change in workplace policy. There's only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave. That is us. And that's not the list you want to be on by your lonesome. Reporter: Just hours later, I spoke with first lady Michelle Obama. The landscape is changing. Women are going into the workforce. There's more stay-at-home dads. Is that part of the movement in letting everybody know it is an issue for everyone in the family? Absolutely. Men, you know, understand in a you need that time, too, because that time he spent taking the late night shift, not only did it save me. But he connected with our girls in a way that I still see. So, this is about strengthening the whole family. Reporter: One thing that really touched a lot of people is when he said, yes, you are a strong woman. A strong mother. A strong wife. But that early in the marriage, to see you break down in tears because you were trying to juggle so much. The minute those kids come into the world, they just rip your heart out of your chest. Our first job is to make sure that our kids are on-point. Employers have to know that family life isn't right, if there's a worry, if you don't think you're leaving your child in good care, if they're not healthy and whole and happy, you're going to bring that worry to work. Reporter: Another hot topic was minimum wage and equal pay. Studies are showing that having a fair wage, decent policies in the life, creating a flexible environment, that improves the bottom line for companieses. Reporter: You have said that you and your husband would like your daughters to get a minimum wage job. To build character and understand what it's like. What kind of job do you think? It doesn't matter what it is. I think the whole point is they learn how to roll up their sleeves and work hard and understand. There are people who get up every day for their entire lives and go to a job that's not fun. And they do it to put food on the table. Reporter: When you leave Washington, Malia will be in college. I know. Reporter: Sasha will be in high school. There are many people wondering what's your next act? Me? Reporter: Will it be political? Yes, you. It will not be political. It definitely will not be. It will be mission-based. It will be service-focused. Reporter: We even talked about the idea of a woman being president. Do you foresee that happening? When should that happen? That should happen as soon as possible. The person who should do the job is the person who is the most qualified. And I think we have some options, don't we? And she left it at that, with those options. Very clear it's not going to be her. No. When they leave Washington in a couple years. But it was an all-day summit. The president spoke. Vice president Biden and his wife spoke. Just had community leaders, industry leaders. And really trying to fix this problem that many people have about that balance and finding that way to make it for all families. That was a great job by you, by the way. It was such a great honest and frank discussion. You should see what we left on the cutting room floor. It was a live stream. Everybody could participate.

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