Actress, director and all around bright spirit Tracee Ellis Ross interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama at The United States of Women conference, held in Los Angeles on May 5, 2018.
The spirited conversation included discussions around owning one’s voice, having an impact, the responsibility of women, men’s accountability in the workplace and raising her daughters.
When asked about young women and their dreams, Obama said, “In light of this last election, I am concerned about us as women, and how we think about ourselves and each other. What is going on in our heads that we let that happen? So I do wonder, What are young girls dreaming about if we’re still there?
“When the most qualified person running was a woman and look what we did instead. It says something about where we are. Forget everyone else. That’s what we have to explore. Because if we as women are still suspicious of one another, if we still have this crazy bar for each other that we don’t have for men, if we’re not comfortable with a notion that a women could be our president compared to…what? We have to have that conversation with ourselves as women. This isn’t an external conversation, that’s on us.”
The summit took place May 5-6 and included conversations around tech, mental health, gender bias and equality as well as entrepreneurship, creativity and more.
Check out the exchange below.