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International Women’s Day at the White House

Tuesday, March 16, 2010   (0 Comments)
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On Monday, March 8, 2010, Girl Scouts of the USA joined with representatives from approximately 200 other organizations at the White House to celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History Month.  Both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama spoke at the event, along with special guests former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, actress Kerry Washington, singer Katharine McPhee of American Idol fame, and Afghani musician and singer, Mozhdah Jamalzadah.   The First Lady kicked off the event by welcoming a delegation of Girl Scouts from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, along with several students from local area high schools.  She went onto discuss the outstanding contributions of women over the course of our nation's history, stating, "During Women’s History Month we’re also here to honor the quiet heroes who’ve shaped this country from the very beginning.  We honor the women who traveled those lonely roads to be the first ones in those courtrooms, to be the first ones in those boardrooms, to be the first ones on those playing fields, and to be the first ones on those battlefields."   President Obama delivered his own remarks with a balance of reverence, introspection, and humor.  In his words, "promoting women’s empowerment is one of the best ways to promote economic development and economic success.  We are doing it because it’s the right thing to do.  I say that not only as a President, but also as the father of two daughters, as a son and a grandson, and as a husband."  As the president also noted, however, full gender equality has not yet been achieved and significant work remains in our effort to ensure that every girl has every opportunity to succeed.   The White House released a Presidential Proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month at the beginning of March.

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