Inspiring Week at Women in the World!


(Ariana, a Girl Up BFF, was a teen reporter at this year's Women in the World)

 

I had the incredible opportunity to attend the third annual “Women in the World – Stories & Solutions” event at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Women in the World Summit is organized by Newsweek  and the Daily Beast in partnership with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, Vital Voices, Women for Women International, and 10x10.

This event brings together people from many different areas includng: nonprofit organizations, corporations, Hollywood, the media, government   agencies, and individuals from around the world who stand up to make a difference.

There were many challenging issues discussed, several of which will be profiled this week in my blog series. I really appreciated the perspective of the teens and young people who participated. There are many teens who are using social media creatively to raise money, to combat issues such as bullying, and to provide a community for girls to share their issues and solutions.

Specifically, check out the Feed Bags from Feed. They make great gifts while serving a great cause.

I would also like to share with you some very memorable moments that added humor to the discussions. Meryl Streep, three-time Oscar winning actress,  brought her most recent Oscar with her on stage and said (I’m paraphrasing here), “This is what you get when you play a world leader in the movies, but here is the real deal” when introducing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Also in reference to Hillary she added, “We were both at Yale, I was a cheerleader and she was the class president.”

When asked about the fate of Lehman Brothers, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said “if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters, I think the outcome would have been different.”

And Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, made a comment (again paraphrasing) that brought the house down, “There is a special place in [Hades] for women who do not help other women.”

Read my next Women in the World entry on Suma.

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