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President Obama gave the commencement speech at Barnard College on Monday, urging the school's all-female graduating class to "fight for a seat at the head of the table."
"You are now poised to make this the century where women shape not only their own destiny, but the destiny of this nation and of this world," the president said.
Obama's remarks come in an election year that has seen issues like women's reproductive health and working mothers take center stage, both in terms of policy and cable news punditry. While the "War on Women" talking points have largely been overshadowed in recent days by gay marriage, both parties are expected to continue to reach out to female voters ahead of November's election, as Obama did at the New York City ceremony.
"As young women, you’re also going to grapple with some unique challenges," he told the graduating class of 600 or so, "like whether you’ll be able to earn equal pay for equal work; whether you’ll be able to balance the demands of your job and your family; whether you’ll be able to fully control decisions about your own health."