Former federal inmate invited to United State of Women Summit

Former federal inmate invited to United State of Women Summit

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - More than 5,000 powerful women are joining forces in Washington at the first United State of Women Summit. The White House invited a Vacherie native to attend.

"I'm really looking forward to hearing President Obama speak and then later Oprah Winfrey will be interviewing Michelle Obama," said Syrita Steib-Martin.
"So, I'm like a kid! I can't believe I'm here."

Steib-Martin was a federal prison inmate seven years ago, but today she leads Operation Restoration a group helping formerly incarcerated women succeed. We featured her in a FOX 8 special in May. Her work earned her a spot at the conference.

"I got to see Vice President Biden up close and personal," she said.

She heard the vice president speak on the endless possibilities for women.

"I've been raised to believe what is true," Biden said. "There's not a single solitary thing, not a single solitary thing, that a man can do that a woman cannot do as well."

"Everyone seems to be behind the women's movement as far as gender equality," Steib-Martin said.

The White House announced 50 million dollars worth of commitments to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

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