What could you possibly get when you put Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in the same brainstorming room? You get magic, excellence, and prestige of the highest degree, and that is exactly what is happening with the United State of Women Summit at the White House.
On June 6, the First Lady of the United States made an official announcement that hundreds of women will get together at the White House in Washington D.C. to take part in a conference that opens up discourse on the state of women’s issues in the United States. Mrs. Obama also did this by debuting a video on YouTube that showcases some of the heavy hitters and women leaders of America in their own industries including Kerry Washington, Jessica Williams, Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Cecile Richards, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, and more.
The conference will host workshops on economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civic engagement. Also, as an added bonus, Michelle Obama will talk with Oprah Winfrey about the “progress achieved for women over the course of their lifetimes, and the challenges they personally have faced and overcome” according to an essay published on Medium.
Registration for the conference closed at the end of May after 5,000 people signed up, however the conference will be live-streamed on the summit’s website. A more detailed schedule will be released later this week, according to the Medium post.
The summit is a collaboration of the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of State, Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute, and Civic Nation. Women across the world applied to attend the conference putting up videos on social media stating why they deserve an invitation.
Once the video was pushed out on Monday, #StateOfWomen was a trending topic on Facebook.
The video and Medium post were posted on the same day that Hillary Clinton made history by garnering enough delegated to get the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the Associated Press, making her the first woman to win a major political party’s nod.
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