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White House Reports on Recession's Impact on Women

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a report heavy with statistics, the National Economic Council at the White House maps out administration actions the council claims have helped American women during the recession and recovery.

The report, released Thursday, claims 74 million women benefited from the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, and that most recent Small Business Administration loans have gone to women owned enterprises.

“Economic issues are women’s issues,”  Valerie Jarrett, presidential advisor and head of the White House Council on Women and Girls, told reporters on a conference call.  “Women and girls have been a focus of this administration from the very start.”

The report  is released in time for President Obama to discuss it in Seattle, Washington, when he attends another of his “backyard  townhall” events, this one called a conversation “on women and the economy."  He is in Seattle to campaign for Senator Patty Murray, a female Democrat in a very tight race for re-election.

Jarrett denied to reporters the timing is political.  “We’re not going to let the fact that there’s an election coming up get in the way  of announcing something that will be very important to women,“ she said.   “This is one step of a series of steps we have taken to put the spotlight on women in the workplace.”

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