Second gentleman discusses gender equality during the visit of Girls at Work

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Doug Emhoff stands next to a mural of his wife during Friday’s Girls at Work tour. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, NH – Doug Emhoff, the first-ever Second Gentleman of the United States and husband of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, took a trip to the Millyard on Friday afternoon to visit Girls at Work Inc.

Emhoff began the trip with a tour of the facility, which is known regionally for providing a sense of confidence and camaraderie to young girls through programs that have taught them woodworking, STEAM skills and other hands-on activities for more than 20 years. He was then joined by a roundtable with local leaders for a private roundtable discussion.

Emhoff did not answer questions before the roundtable, but did offer some thoughts on the need to improve gender equality in the United States.

“You’ve got the wage cap, child care issues, reproductive rights, all the things we’re fighting for, they’re connected. They are designed not to be fair and they need to change,” he said.

“I think I’ve heard my wife say it a thousand times, but when we lift women up, we lift the economy and society up,” he added. “We all benefit from helping women succeed and helping our communities succeed.”

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Tanna Clews and Doug Emhoff discuss gender equality issues. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

New Hampshire Women’s Foundation CEO and President Tanna Clews thanked Emhoff for coming to Manchester for the discussion on gender equality.

“We know that women cannot do this alone, we know that it is their responsibility (for) men to act as allies in the fight for gender equality in their families, social networks and in other areas, and to advocate for equal pay . family-friendly workplace policies, improved health care, access to childcare and other ways to support women,” she said.