If you’re following us on social media, you probably heard us talk about the United States of Women, a summit held on June 15th, and convened by the White to address key gender equality issues. The event was both a celebration, as well as a real reminder that there is still a lot of work left to ensure gender parity for women. Six pillars or topics were addressed during the summit. These were:
We absolutely loved seeing Mikaila Ulmer, Founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade introducing president Obama. She remained completely calm while addressing the crowd, saying that introducing the president in front of an audience of 5,000 attendees was “no big deal” since she had addressed a crowd of over 11,000 the week before. Did we mention Mikaila is only eleven? Her confidence and poise is something most adults wish they could have! Mikaila gave some advice for hopeful entrepreneurs and her message was loud and clear. See what she had to say below[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/mikailajpg.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6123|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/mikailajpg-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
“We can’t just pass laws, we must change our culture”
This was the key takeaway from Vice President’s Joe Biden’s speech. He spoke with passion about his decades of commitment to the Violence Against Women Act, about rape culture, sexual assault in American institutions, and the need to fight against the norms that turn a blind eye to the abuse, and degradation of women.[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Joe-Biden.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6127|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Joe-Biden-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
The conversation between Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama as definitely a crowd favorite.
They talked about the importance of knowing yourself, having self-worth, and understanding your value.
“Our first job in life as women is to get to know ourselves,”. “It takes taking the time to know who you are to be able to deal with the onslaught of negative messages you’re bound to get.”
Said the First Lady, who followed with advice on how to get what your worth at work by never settling, and stating your needs and expectations clearly. She also had some words for the audience about selecting friends and company wisely:[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Obama-V.2.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6131|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Obama-V.2-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″]
Interested in learning more about the summit? See a full recap of the event HERE and join the #stateofwomen and be a part of the movement. Use the pledge generator HERE to declare how you’ll help change tomorrow, today.[/cmsms_text][cmsms_image align=”right” link=”https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cultural-change.jpg” lightbox=”true” animation_delay=”0″]6134|https://fundwomenfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cultural-change-1024×536.jpg|large[/cmsms_image][/cmsms_column][/cmsms_row]