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Highlights from the United State of Women Summit

Oprah: "What is the one thing you want us to leave here with?"

 Michelle Obama: "The work continues. We are never done."

This moment was captured between Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama on June 14th at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. Needless to say the whole audience was on the edge of their seats for this powerhouse duo! Watch the whole conversation here.

5,000 women AND men from across the country joined the White House, The Aspen Institute, United States Department of State, Civic Nation, and United States Department of Labor during this day long Summit to celebrate the progress we’ve made toward gender equality and galvanize our efforts to take action moving forward. 

It was an honor to be nominated to attend and believe me…I couldn’t take enough pictures or post enough tweets to capture to all of the sentiments and connections. But, here are some top highlights!


Vice President Biden opened the Summit with a moving speech about sexual assault. He was steadfast in his message that “every survivor must know one thing- that it's not her fault.”



@ Leading on Leave: Increasing Women’s Workplace Participation Solution Session I heard from a range of companies, community leaders and political champions of paid leave. It was a special opportunity to meet Wendy Chun-Hoon, DC Director, Family Values @ Work and RI State Senator Gayle Goldin. CWEALF is grateful for funding support from Family Values @ Work to make the Campaign for Paid Family Leave in CT possible!



Throughout the day speakers and guests honored the victims of the Orlando shooting. But, Bamby Salcedo, founder of TransLatin@Coalition provided an alternative to a moment of silence and led the 5000 strong in a moment of power for Orlando!

A MUST watch from the day is President Obama’s speech linked here. You can feel the energy in the room as he stated, “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like.”

@ Advancing Opportunity for Women and Girls of Color Solution Session I heard from a range of philanthropic leaders and non-profit advocates who center their work on women and girls of color in our communities.

Miriam Yeung from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) noted that AAPI women are often left out of conversations about “women of color” due to the model minority myth. Even at the United State of Women Summit there was no mention of AAPI women by any of the speakers on the main stage. Each of the speakers reiterated how critical it is to listen and amplify the stories of women and girls of color and make sure they are the ones developing solutions to their communities’ challenges.



CWEALF is a unique organization leading the way for the women and girls of CT! I had a chance to connect with CT friends (shout out to Laura Cordes, CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Sharon Capetta, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and Teresa Younger, Ms. Foundation) but also introduce CWEALF and our work to many more across the country. We have so many friends in our fight and the United State of Women demonstrates how strong our collective movement can be for women’s equality.


By Kate Farrar at 21 Jun 2016, 07:25 AM



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