Living in Vermont, among the whitest and oldest states in the country, it is easy to forget how young and beautifully diverse this country we share is. I was reminded of it this week as I was honored to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC. I knew little about the event or who would be there, except that it was an opportunity to convene leaders and activists to discuss women’s issues and celebrate women’s progress.
As it turned out, the event was yet another example of the very un-lame duck way President Obama is finishing out his administration. The event was a veritable who’s who of cultural leaders. Speakers and panelists included not only the President and First Lady, but cultural luminaries from Warren Buffet to Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem to Kerry Washington, and dozens of others who are working to improve the lives of women across the globe. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my adventures with Mamava would put me in the company of these amazing people.
I have always said much of Mamava’s success has been a direct result of the Affordable Care Act and the mandate that businesses with more than 50 employees must provide a private place to pump and the break time to do it. It was this legislation that pushed our concept from disruptive idea to viable business opportunity. Here’s how President Obama started his speech on Tuesday:
"So I know you’re really here to see Michelle. Or Oprah. Actually, they’re together, so you’re here to see both of them. I cannot compete with them. But I did want to stop by and make one thing very clear -- I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like."
Yes, Mr. President, it was true that this amazing group of multi-ethnic, multi-talented women were pretty excited to see Michelle and Oprah, and yes, Mr. President, you are a feminist – so thank you, thank you, thank you, and...