The South Asian Times

18 October 2017 05:24 AM

'Girls can achieve in any field, and we are going to change the world'

New York: Connecticut based attorney Roopa Modha had the honor of being nominated and selected to attend the first ever White House United States of Women Summit. The event, held during June 13-15, 2016 in DC, was to celebrate high-achieving women in the US with a goal of inspiring more positive change. Women selected were all pioneers and visionaries.

Roopa has always focused on women’s rights – whether teaching girls as a youth, organizing panels as a lawyer, or helping girls get quality education as Ambassador of Girl Rising. To further this cause, she has also written and illustrated a children’s story available on Amazon whose funds will go toward girls’ education.

About her selection, Roopa said, “It was very humbling to be chosen for this honor as all attendees had achieved well beyond the norm. All the women were incredibly accomplished. It was amazing to have been included among such influential women who truly want to change the world for the better. The full spectrum of female talent was represented. I will never forget the experience! The event was magical! It celebrated powerful women and the events and line-up were one of a kind!”

The most significant speakers at the summit were President Obama, VP Joe Biden, First Lady Michele Obama, and the first lady of television Oprah Winfrey. Some other notable individuals were the first female Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Kerry Washington, Amy Poehler, and many more. All the speakers, including male speakers like CEO Warren Buffet, emphatically stated that although women are succeeding and progress has been made, there are still many other barriers that need to be broken down. President Obama discussed the incredible progress his administration made with regards to incorporating women in all facets of government in key positions (many spoke at the summit), and said he hopes the next administration will continue to make women’s rights a priority. VP Biden focused on the Violence Against Women Act that he created and gave a very powerful speech on how each woman should be respected and valued. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the night was a riveting discussion between Michele Obama and Oprah about their journeys and the need for women to build each other up.

About the experience, Roopa shared, “It truly felt like a dream to see so many extraordinary personalities on one platform. Seeing Michele Obama and Oprah together was so powerful. Both are role models of mine as Michele has done so much for girls’ education, and Oprah has proven that any woman can overcome obstacles to succeed. It was a moment that can never be recreated. Leaving the conference, one couldn’t help but feel inspired and invigorated to do more for women and the world. It makes me hopeful that we will reach a point where 100% gender equality will exist. Plus, I made many contacts with whom to ignite more initiatives! Girls can achieve in any field, and we are going to change the world!”

Update: 24 June, 2016

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