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No more 'Mad Men': Christina Hendricks talks workplace equality at White House summit

"In the 21st century, the only place where a story like Joan's should be is on TV," the actress says.
By Annie Martin   |   June 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Christina Hendricks would like to see the end of "Mad Men-era" policies in the workplace.

The 39-year-old actress gave brief remarks on workplace equality Monday at the White House Summit on Working Families. President Obama held the event to discuss "workplace policies that give modern American families the best chance to succeed at work and at home."

"When President Obama discusses the issues facing working families, equal pay for women, affordable child care, to name a few, he often says that current policies seem to be from the Mad Men era," Hendricks led. "I've been honored to play Joan Holloway Harris on that wonderful show ... [who] has faced discrimination in almost every aspect of her job, simply because she's a woman."

"Her assignments, her paychecks and even her office are diminished compared to the male workers," she continues. "It's time for that story to go away, the way of the rotary phone and the typewriter, because our ability to support our families should be based on talent, hard work and responsibilities. This is not a women's issue -- this is a families' issue ... In the 21st century, the only place where a story like Joan's should be is on TV."

The summit was hosted by the Center for American Progress, the Department of Labor and the White House Council on Women and Girls. President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Maria Shriver and BET CEO Debra Lee also spoke at the event.

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