At the United State of Women Summit which held at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama advised men to “be better”.

Though the summit was to focus primarily on women, Mrs. Obama in a conversation with talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey, urged men to “be better”.

She said: “Be better at everything. Be better fathers. Just being good fathers who love your daughters and are providing a solid example of what it means to be a good man in the world. That is the greatest gift that the men in my life gave to me.”

The summit which is the first of its kind, convened over 5,000 people change-makers from across the country.

Featured guest speakers and attendees at the summit include media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, actress, writer, and producer Amy Poehler, and Vice President Joe Biden.

The summit focused on six pillars: economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civic engagement.

Mrs. Obama urged the men who were among the estimated 5,000 people who attended the White House-organised conference to be part of their family’s lives.

She said: “Be engaged. Don’t just think going to work and coming home makes you a man. Be better. Just be better. I could go on, but I’m not. You get the point, fellas.”

For the women in the audience, the Mrs. Obama tried to reassure them that it’s hard to “have it all,” especially at the same time.

Making her point, she mentioned compromises she made for her family during her life and career, even with all the help and resources available to her.

“I don’t want young women out there to have the expectation that if they’re not having it all that somehow they’re failing,” Mrs. Obama said.

Author: Ope Adedeji