This 'Mad Men' Quote Went Viral As Soon As Obama Said It

"Women make up about half of our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014 it's an embarrassment."

That's what President Barack Obama said before he got a bipartisan standing ovation from women AND men inside Congress. When he said "It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode," that's when he got everyone's attention. In fact, that was the most tweeted moment of the entire address.

Well played, President Obama, well played. Take a look:


"Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode. This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds." 

Sure he didn't mention a word about abortion laws, military sexual assault, contraception, gay marriage or trans rights, but hey at least he's leaning in!

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Elizabeth Plank

Elizabeth is a Senior Correspondent at Mic and the host of Flip the Script.

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