By Yiling Pan
Since our inception, She’s the First has held firm belief in the power of quality education to change lives for the better. We aim to empower girls in low-income nations to reach their potential. For us, quality education is not only about gaining access to classrooms and studying math and science, but also about equipping girls with the tools and skills that they need to break barriers.
On March 25th, She’s the First Co-Founder Christen Brandt had a chance to talk about that on stage at the White House. She joined a selection of the country’s millennial female leaders for the United State of Young Women Forum, a day-long event hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls in celebration of Women’s History Month. The forum brought together hundreds of female leaders from across the country to discuss ways that we can improve gender equality, domestically and internationally. All input from this forum will directly feed into the discussion of the White House Summit on the United States of Women, which will convene on May 23rd, 2016 in Washington D.C..
Christen joined four other millennial female leaders speaking at the panel, sharing STF’s approach to build innovative solutions to fix gender inequality. These leaders were: Erin Loos Cutraro, Co-Founder and CEO of She Should Run; Rhonesha Byng, Founder of HerAgenda.com; Hollis Heath, Program Manager at Hip Hop 4 Life; and Amani Alkhat, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.net.
The panelists were asked to answer the prompt, “If today we ____, then tomorrow _____,” in order to provide solutions facing women and girls around the world. Our answer? “If today we can redefine education to include all the tools girls need to be successful, then tomorrow, gender inequality will be a thing of the past.”
How would you answer that prompt? Tell us in the comments below!