March 12 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama is emphasizing economic issues that affect women, a key voting bloc in November's congressional elections, meeting today with female lawmakers at the White House and releasing a report on the gender gap in income.

The report by the president's Council of Economic Advisers says that while women are making progress in male-dominated occupations, a wage gap persists. The White House will host a summit on working families on June 23.

"We are doing this to ensure that we're making the best use of American talent to ensure competitiveness in the U.S., in the U.S. economy," Betsey Stevenson, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, said at a briefing.

At least 10 Democratic women in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are scheduled to join Obama for the 4 p.m. meeting, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Patty Murray of Washington.

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