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Mar 20, 2014 10:55 PM by Associated Press

In Fla., Obama calls for equal pay for women

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama is blending his economic and political pitches by calling for equal pay for women and for Congress to pass more family-friendly workplace policies.

Obama says women should get equal pay for equal work and says they should be able to have a baby without fear of losing a job. In his words, "This isn't 1958 - it's 2014."

Obama made the gender-centered appeal Thursday during a political excursion into Florida. He spoke at Orlando's Valencia College, calling for better educational opportunities for women.

The president says Congress should get rid of policies that, in his words, "belong in a 'Mad Men' episode."

He notes that women are a minority in Congress and says that more would get done if, quote, "you kind of evened that out a little bit."

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