Former first lady addresses women’s summit at Shrine

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LOS ANGELES — Former first lady Michelle Obama was the featured guest May 6 at the end of the three-day 2018 United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium.

Obama talked for an hour with actress Tracee Ellis Ross, who served as moderator. The pair talked about their experiences as women, their memories of their mother’s advice and encouraged all women to raise their voice.

“I still think our girls are taught to be perfect,” Obama said. “If we want our daughters to dream bigger than we did, then we have more work to do.

“So many of us have gotten ourselves at the table, but we’re still too grateful to be at the table to really shake it up,” the former first lady added.

The summit featured workshops, breakout sessions, panel lectures and networking. Topics focused on gun control, reproductive health, sexual abuse, entrepreneurship, homelessness, racial injustice, equal pay, LGBTQ rights and disabled persons.

There was a workshop for every woman to attend. “He”, “she and “no gender” felt like they belonged to a community, at least for a day.

The summit was well organized, walls were aligned with poster art by local and global feminist artists. There was a mini-mall packed with woman-owned businesses and organizations. Lunch and goody bags were provided for everyone.

There was never a time throughout the day where a room was not filled with an empowering storyteller.

Speakers included Tina Tchen, who served as Obama’s chief of staff when she was the first lady.

Actress Jane Fonda and Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement, also spoke.

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