Ms. Foundation for Women officers and grantees help lead White House summit on advancing equity for women and girls of color

NEW YORK — Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting a daylong summit on advancing equity for women and girls of color. Ms. Foundation for Women board members, staff and current and former grantees will be among the participants at the summit. The foundation’s President and CEO Teresa C. Younger will be participating in the summit as will Jocelyn Frye, a Ms. Foundation board member.

Current and former Ms. Foundation grantees will be featured on several panels. Those panelists include Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; and Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

The summit will focus on a range of issues including economic development, health care, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop and images of women in media. The Council on Women and Girls will also release a progress report to follow up on the 2014 report, “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities,” and will announce a number of independent commitments to close opportunity gaps too often faced by women and girls, including women and girls of color.

The event will be live-streamed. Visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/live to tune in.  To learn more about the work of the White House Council on Women and Girls, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cwg. You can also follow the conversation at #YesSheCan.

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