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Michelle Obama announces inaugural United State of Women, aimed at broad gender equality

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Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama is convening a special summit next week called the United State of Women, and she’s enlisted some of the most famous women to help get the word out and take part. Obama posted a brief video on her social media accounts heralding the upcoming summit. Some of the names that caught our attention are Tina Fey, Shonda Rhimes, Christy Turlington, Laverne Cox, and Oprah.

Even some friends of Women in the World turn up in the video, including Meryl Streep, Indra Nooyi, and Kerry Washington. Watch the full video below.

The summit is taking place on June 14 in Washington, D.C., and will cover six topics, including economic empowerment, violence against women, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The all-day event will also be live-streamed online.

“There’s a lot that’s been done by and for women and girls, but there’s still plenty to do,” a statement announcing the event said. “The summit will rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward.”

Or, as Valerie Jarrett and Oprah put it in the video, “This is our movement … turning struggle into strength.”

Learn more about the summit at the United State of Women.

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