The labor federation is launching measures to wipe out pay inequality based on gender, and to guarantee that all workers have paid family and sick leave and fair scheduling.
Working women most want information on diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, and issues around aging.
Obama announced the executive order in a speech after a Labor Day breakfast with union leaders in Boston.
When women run organizing drives, the drives are more likely to succeed; they show women - especially minority-group women - benefit the most from being unionists.
Thirty-nine years ago, Ramona Dockter became the first female freight train engineer.
"We are bringing this fight to the doors of the mayor and city council members, telling them what they are proposing is not enough."
For women, today is a sobering reminder that not nearly enough has been done to address unfair wages in this country.
A fiery labor orator, feminist and socialist, she served as president of the Women's Trade Union League.
A total of 146 workers - almost all of them immigrant women - were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.
Colleen M. Kelley, the NTEU president for the last 16 years, will retire at the end of the union's convention this August.