Obama said it's time to end "workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode."
"[A woman] 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 said.
Obama's call for equality for women in the work force comes after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said that the government should not help women who cannot control their "libido" at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting and House Republicans were given advice on running against female candidates.