The First Lady, Melania Trump, was at the White House today for a reappearance as a host for a ladies luncheon, held in the State Dining Room, in honor of International Women’s Day.
She was an immigrant who grew up in a communist society, so, more than anyone, she values the freedom and equality that comes with the United States. She was given a standing ovation when she entered the room. Melania stood strong and proud as she gave her speech, bringing up issues like enslavement, sexual abuse, and repression.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both stopped by the event later to greet the room full of guests.
From Daily Mail:
‘As an immigrant myself, having grown up in a communist society, I know all too well the value and importance of freedom and equal opportunity,’ the first lady said, according to prepared remarks provided to CNN. ‘Ideas which this great nation was founded and has continued to strive towards throughout its history.’
‘There remains far more brutal and terrifying incarnations of actual gender persecution which we must face together, such as forced enslavement, sexual abuse and absolute repression of far too many women and girls around the globe,’ she said.
‘We must remember these women in our daily prayers and use our combined resources to help free them from such unthinkable and inhumane circumstances,’ the new FLOTUS continued.
‘I continue to firmly believe that education is the most powerful way to promote and ensure women’s rights,’ she said. ‘Together we will do this not only by striving for gender parity at all levels of education, but also by showing all children, and especially boys, that it is through empathy, respect and kindness that we achieve our collective potential.’