On Tuesday, June 14, the White House held the first ever United State of Women Summit. The event was organized to bring together women from all walks of life, including many prominent women across the United States, to celebrate achievements and work toward further gender equality.
The event was live-streamed at the Muscatine Community School Board office. Muscatine area residents were able to drop in during the day and stay as schedules permitted. The viewing was organized by MCSD employees Lisa Bunn and Holly Hanna.
Bunn says the screening presented an opportunity for members of the community to “come together, learn from each other, and eventually effect change.”
Speakers during the day included Jennifer Welter, the first female NFL coach; Amy Poehler, founder and president of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls; Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls; and culminated with First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.
Though no plans are in the works at the moment, Bunn states that she and Hanna are hopeful of opportunities for women in the future. Ideas that have been discussed among the event organizers and screening attendees include a possible women’s resource center. Potential ideas include information for female entrepreneurs and information on scholarships and education, healthcare, and other issues relating to women.
Bunn explains, “We want to use this opportunity to generate ideas and discuss ways to fuel Muscatine!”
Residents looking for more information on the event can search #StateofWomen on social media. Information on the local event can be found by searching #StateofWomenMuscatine. The entire day’s worth of streaming can be seen in its entirety at http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/#/the-summit.