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Supporting Young Women as Leaders

The White House welcomes a group of remarkable young women to take part in the ANNpower/ Vital Voices Leadership Forum.

Women’s History Month might be over, but President Obama’s efforts to support women and girls continue all year. So, yesterday, we welcomed a group of remarkable young women to the White House as part of the ANNpower/ Vital Voices Leadership Forum.

These two organizations support the empowerment of women and girls both here and around the world. High school sophomores and juniors from around the country came to the White House to hear from a panel of White House staffers who shared their professional experiences and career paths, talking about different ways they followed their passions.

This stop at the White House was part of a three-day tour in Washington DC for the students, who also took part in leadership training, meeting with women leaders, such as former Secretary State Hillary Clinton, and visiting the monuments.

Our hope is that these young women will take what they’ve learned here and become leaders in their own communities. We’re looking forward to seeing what they accomplish.

Valerie Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls.