First lady hosts International Women’s Day luncheon

First lady Melania Trump arrives in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, where she hosted a luncheon on International Women's Day. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — Melania Trump spent International Women’s Day hosting a luncheon. It’s her first solo White House event as first lady.

The U.N.-designated day commemorates the push for women’s rights. Women across the U.S. are observing the day by skipping work and shopping, and attending rallies.

At the White House, the first lady welcomed about 50 women seated at tables adorned with floral centerpieces of pharaoh tulips and sweet pea flowers in shades of purple.

Attendees included her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump; Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Reporters were led out of the room as the first lady began to speak.

She and President Donald Trump planned to have dinner later Wednesday with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife, Heidi.

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