Washington (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday held a meeting with a group of women entrepreneurs , including four Latinas, in which he pledged to address the barriers they face to growing their businesses because “they are crucial to the creation of Jobs “.
“Empowering and promoting women in business is an absolute priority in the Trump Administration because I know how crucial women are as creators of jobs, role models, and leaders in all our communities ,” Trump told the group of 10 women , According to a transcript of the meeting.
At the round table, Trump noted that women are the main source of income for 40 per cent of households with children under the age of 15, and pledged to “continue to respond to the barriers faced by professional and entrepreneurial women,” including Access to capital, markets, and networks.
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Trump said his government “will advocate for policies that support working families, including accessible and affordable childcare.”
Trump garnered praise last month for executive orders to encourage the inclusion of women in business and science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
However, she has also been criticized because her budget plan for fiscal year 2018 includes cuts that will hurt women.
Speaking to the newspaper, Colombian businesswoman Liliana Gil Valletta , one of the four Latinas invited to the meeting, praised that Trump has recognized the “important role that business plays in the hands of women” to create jobs and promote economic growth in the country.
“I felt I had a cordial desire to initiate an open dialogue and explore solutions to remove barriers that disproportionately affect women and minority entrepreneurs,” said Valletta, co-founder and chief executive of the company “Cien +.”
“I was proud to represent the voice of the fastest growing business segment in the country, which is Hispanic. I emphasized that we are rapidly becoming a minority nation, and if we do not fully embrace and empower our communities, the US will not achieve its full potential for growth and prosperity, “ she added.
Valletta said she shared with Trump her experience as a Colombian immigrant who came to the US at age 17 “with a student visa, a suitcase and no English.” Your company specializes in data analysis, consulting and marketing strategies.
The rest of the Latina entrepreneurs included Patricia Funegra, founder and CEO of La Cocina VA , which offers technical and vocational training for immigrant women in the service sector; Dyan Medina Gibbens, former Air Force chief executive of Trumbull Unmanned, a company specializing in the use of drones for energy sector research, and Claudia Mirza, founder and chief executive of Akorbi.
The meeting was also attended by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who at the invitation of the German government next month will represent the United States at a global summit in Berlin for the empowerment of women and economic development.