Well, we know one thing for sure from President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight – somebody in the White House watches Mad Men. Maybe it’s Obama himself, who has expressed a preference for the Matt Weiner-created 60s-themed series as well as Showtime’s Homeland in the past, or maybe one of his speechwriters is really into the show. Either way, getting laughs and applause, the pop culture savvy President slipped in a very deft reference to the AMC series amidst a passage about equal pay for equal work. Check out how about halfway through tonight’s speech, Mad Men officially became part of America’s historical record:
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. Women deserve 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 a sick parent without running into hardship. And you know what, a father does, too. It is 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, businesses from Wall Street to Main Street — to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I believe when women succeed, America succeeds.
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