President Barack Obama References “Mad Men” in SOTU, Matthew Weiner Honored

Posted Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:03 PM GMT

He’s always had a certain pop culture appeal, and President Barack Obama even included a “Mad Men” reference in his State of the Union address last night (January 28).

The Commander-in-Chief pledged to end wage discrepancy in America, despite the fact that his own administration pays female employees less than their male counterparts.

Obama declared, "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. A woman deserves 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 sick parent without running into hardship—and you know what, a father does, too.”

"It's 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, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street—to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds."

In response, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner told E! News, "I support the president, and I'm honored that our show is part of a much-needed national conversation."



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