The White House Wants You To Sign A United State Of Women Pledge Ahead Of Its Gender Equality Summit
First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey joined forces to host the first United State of Women Summit in Washington D.C. June 14. “There’s a lot that’s been done by and for women and girls, but there’s still plenty to do,” the summit’s website says. “This Summit will rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward.” Since not everyone can attend the exclusive feminist event, the White House wants you to sign the United State of Women pledge to show your support.
What exactly is this pledge, you ask? It’s basically a personal commitment to believe in your power as a woman and help fight sexism, as well as a way to promote “the #StateofWomen everywhere.” On the summit website, you can upload a picture of yourself (or not) and choose one of the pre-written pledges or write in your own. The options listed in the pledge generator include “Be in charge of my own body. Every powerful part,” “Learn whatever I want like it’s nobody’s business,” “Call out sexism when I see it,” and “Not be a silent bystander.” The generator churns out a meme with your chosen pledge on top of your photo for you to share on all your social media accounts, and the last two pledge options suggest that both men and women can participate to help spread the word about gender inequality.
The summit next week will be a day full of panels and discussions on topics ranging from economic empowerment, to violence against women, to leadership and civic engagement attended by experts, advocates, and grassroots and business leaders. The White House Council on Women and Girls put together the event along with the Department of State, Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute, and Civic Nation in order to highlight what’s been achieved in terms of gender equality, identify the remaining challenges, and figure out a course of action going forward.
The first lady released a video promoting the United State of Women that featured female powerhouses like Cecile Richards, Tina Fey, Laverne Cox, most of the women in Scandal, and Shonda Rhimes herself. The celebs explain that when women do better, everyone does better, as well as the simple notions that women should run companies, receive equal wages, and choose what to do with their own bodies. “Because, duh,” comedian Jessica Williams says in the video. “Literally, duh.”
The summit is an important step toward leaders in D.C. recognizing the problems American women face every day and actually doing something to rectify them.