Obama: America would be better off if more women held office
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President Obama expressed disappointment in the lack of women holding public office during an address at the White House Wednesday for Women's History Month. 

"Wouldn't it be better for America if women weren't discouraged from seeking office because of double standards, and we had more women seeking positions of power in higher office?" Obama said. "I'm pretty sure if we had more women in charge, things would work better." 

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Audience members included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. 

He spoke on current issues facing women, from female video game players facing harassment and threats from other players to female journalists experiencing abuse on Twitter at higher rates than their male counterparts.

"The Internet is a public space where women have a right to exist safely and freely without fear," Obama said. "After all, the Internet is not something separate from our lives. It is completely interwoven in our lives. It's how we connect with one another and get new information."