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February 13, 2017 2:24 PM EST

President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Daughter Ivanka Trump met with a handful of female business leaders at the White House on Monday to discuss the challenges women face in corporate America.

The two world leaders announced at the event that they’d be launching a task force aimed at helping female business leaders and entrepreneurs on the issue. “We need policies that help to keep women in the workforce and to address the unique barriers faced by female entrepreneurs. And they are unique,” Trump said. “We need to make it easier for women to manage the demands of having both a job and a family. We also need to make it easier for women entrepreneurs to get access to capital.”

Ivanka Trump, who has expressed an interested in advocating for women’s issues, reportedly helped select the attendees and set the meeting’s agenda. The group, which was expected to include General Electric Canada CEO Elyse Allan, Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet and former Goldman Sachs executive and assistant to President Trump Dina Powell, was expected to touch on maternity leave, the recruitment and retention of women in corporations and how both governments can better help female entrepreneurs.

Read the full transcript of President Trump, Ivanka Trump and Trudeau’s remarks to female leaders.


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