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Michelle Obama, Oprah to host United State of Women summit

By Alison Krug

First lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey will host the White House Council on Women and Girls’s first ever United State of Women summit on June 14.

Partnered with the Department of State, the Department of Labor and the Aspen Institute and Civic Nation, the summit will highlight the achievements made toward gender equality and address the challenges that remain.

Obama and Winfrey will sit down for a conversation on how far women have come in their lifetimes and the challenges they as women have faced in their own careers.

The White House launched a video message from First Lady Michelle Obama and 26 other women, including Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Laverne Cox and Shonda Rhimes, in anticipation of the conference.

The video encourages women to participate with the #StateofWomen hashtag and to make a pledge through the summit’s website.


Tell the world what you are doing to change tomorrow for the #StateofWomen →

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Five thousand people have registered to attend the United State of Women summit.

The summit will be available to livestream through It will feature speakers from around the world and breakout sessions based around six pillars:

▪ Economic empowerment

▪ Health and wellness

▪ Educational opportunity

▪ Violence against women

▪ Entrepreneurship and innovation

▪ Leadership and civic engagement

The president and first lady past initatives for women and girls include the It’s On Us campaign for sexual assault prevention, the Let Girls Learn initiative to open up education opportunities for girls around the world and the White House Demo Day, which gave a platform to diverse entrepreneurs across America.