Kavita N. Ramdas ’85, Senior Advisor, Global Strategy at the Ford Foundation and former President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, was among 5,000 women recently gathered in Washington, D.C. for a "one-of-a-kind" summit, The United State of Women. From the Obamas to 11-year old Mikaila Ulmer, and from trailblazers like Lily Ledbetter to activists like Bamby Salcedo, it was a historic gathering of inspirational leaders, feminists, and extraordinary women:
"Watching the sun slant over the waterways and bridges as the Amtrak train glides by my mind goes back to the 5,000 women with whom I just spent a very special day. We were gathered at the Convention Center in Washington DC to celebrate a one of a kind summit: The United State of Women. Hosted by the White House in close collaboration with the Department of Labor and Justice, the Aspen Institute and with the support of the Ford Foundation, the Pepsico Foundation, Tory Burch Foundation and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women among many others, it was a chance to honour and celebrate the power of women here in the United States and across the globe, while also squarely facing the miles that remain yet to be travelled in our shared quest to end violence and discrimination against women and girls. In words of President Obama, who addressed us all at lunch, "With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation." I would add—the fabric of all nations."