The president said the fact women still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns "is wrong, and in 2014, it's an embarrassment."
"A woman deserves equal pay for equal work," he said. "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. "
He called on Congress, the White House and businesses to give women the opportunities they deserve.
"Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds," he said.