Today, the White House hosts a day-long United States of Women summit that focuses on the myriad issues facing women today, including equal pay, employment opportunities, and of course, the representation of women and girls in entertainment. Valerie Jarret, chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, as well as an advisor to President Obama, will give the keynote address this morning, but Deadline reports that she’ll also be joined by a group of Hollywood stars and power players who wish to contribute and participate in such an important event. Some of these women include Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes (creator of “Scandal”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Kerry Washington (star of “Scandal”), and Sophia Bush (“Chicago P.D.”). They will be joined by President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Among the events on the docket, Michelle Obama and Oprah will host a conversation that examines the women-specific issues on the agenda. Patricia Arquette, Kerry Washington, Amy Poehler, and Sophia Bush are set to speak on “economic opportunity, civic engagement, leadership and visibility.”
Both Jarret and Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, opened the summit with a tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando and a moment of silence.