Obama designates national monument to women’s equality

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he looks forward to a time when girls are “astonished” that women once made less than men and a female had never occupied the Oval Office.

Obama says he’s not sure when that time will come, but “I know we’re getting closer to that day.”

The president has not endorsed a successor, but his comment is the latest in a series that suggest he’s rooting for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Obama spoke at the Sewall-Belmont House in D.C. He is designating the one-time headquarters of the National Women’s Party a national monument.

The president noted the designation comes on Equal Pay Day — a day that marks how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man.

Democrats use the day to push Republicans to pass equal pay legislation and to court women voters.

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