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Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey join Michelle Obama's United State of Women summit

The leading ladies are calling on their fellow females to stand together to fight gender-equality issues.

Meryl Streep and Tina Fey are joining forces with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to tackle the issue of gender equality at an upcoming White House summit.

Oprah Winfrey, pregnant Kerry Washington, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, actress Connie Britton, model and activist Christy Turlington Burns, and fashion designer Tory Burch will also be among the famous females in attendance at the United State of Women event on 14 June (16).

The summit is being staged to address economic empowerment, educational opportunity, health and wellness, and violence against women, reports

To promote the gathering, the stars have filmed a video message stressing the need for powerful women to stand and fight together, under the banner, "Today we'll change tomorrow".

Taking turns to speak to the camera, the ladies state: "We are the United State of Women, and when we do better, everyone does better. You with us? Then listen up. When we work, we get paid, same as everyone else, doing the same job. We will be the boss of a company, of our company, of a whole empire. Sounds good, right? We are the United State of Women.

"We are in charge of our own bodies: every beautiful part; every powerful part. Every which way we want to use them. It's our choice when to say yes and when to say no...," they continued.

"We're earning more college degrees than ever. We're coding like it's nobody's business, doing whatever we want, like it's nobody's business, because we have ideas, game-changing ideas, world-changing ideas. This is our movement, turning struggle into strength.

"We are the United State of Women. We stand stronger when we stand together. We're not done... so when we stand, stand with us. Today, we'll change tomorrow. Together, we got this. We got this!"

The maximum capacity of 5,000 people have already registered to attend the United State of Women summit at the White House in Washington, D.C., but the event will also be streamed online.

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