This week marks the first United State of Women Summit in Washington DC! I recently worked with the Summit and Tumblr to create an animated gif of one of their six main talking points, Economic Empowerment. I know so many women who run small businesses (or dream of doing so), are new moms who want to be able to afford day care, or simply can't figure out how to achieve their career goals when confronted with economic hurdles. So this topic hits close to home. We want to be paid equally for the work we do. We want the chance to achieve our goals. We want to live in an economically healthy community, and we want to have the means to invest in that community so that it can continue to flourish. Going to college, being able to afford day care, starting small businesses, and supporting them — it all starts with economic empowerment.
To read more about the main topics of the The United State of Women Summit, check out their links:
- Economic Empowerment
- Health & Wellness
- Educational Opportunity
- Violence Against Women
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Leadership & Civic Engagement
And can we talk about how awesome Michelle Obama is for bringing together so many amazing speakers for the event? President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Valerie Jarrett, Connie Britton, Warren Buffett, Melissa Harris-Perry, Billie Jean King, Lilly Ledbetter, Cecile Richards, Shonda Rhimes, Eleanor Smeal, Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey are just some of the inspiring folks who will be speaking at the summit. And you can watch the live stream here!