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04.06.13

Women in the World Summit 2013 Recap (VIDEO)

Oprah introduced her favorite guest ever, Meryl Streep paid tribute to an Irish activist, Tom Hanks remembered the great Nora Ephron, Pakistani activist Khalida Brohi got a standing ovation—and Hillary Clinton gave a rousing call to arms for women everywhere. Watch the best moments from the fourth annual Women in the World summit.

The Stars Come Out For Women's Rights

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The red carpet at the fourth annual Women in the World summit included A-list celebrities like Angelina Jolie, superstar journalists like Christiane Amanpour, and icons like Donna Karan.

Ballerina From Sierra Leone Opens The Summit

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Things got off to the right foot with ballerina Michaela DePrince, originally from Sierra Leon. DePrince escaped an orphanage in the war-torn African country and now performs at New York’s Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Tina Brown’s Enthusiastic Welcome

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“Our message at the fourth annual Women in the World summit is not just to lean in, but lean ON.” Tina Brown greeted guests with rousing words of injustice and hope for women around the globe.

Meryl Plays Irish Trade Union Leader

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Meryl Streep tried an Irish accent to pay tribute to her friend Inez McCormack, an activist from Northern Ireland who demanded equal compensation for equal work. McCormack died just 10 weeks before the summit.

Women ‘Hold the Only Hope in Syria’

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In an interview with Barbara Walters, Zainab Salbi and Mouna Ghanem described the current plight of women in the war-ravaged country—and how women can help transition to democracy and peace.

South Africa's Betrayal Of Mandela

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Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, anti-apartheid activist and presidential candidate, told Charlie Rose that her country has slid backwards, and that South Africa must “restore the promise of freedom.”

'This Man Would One Day Be Working For Me'

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Activist Khalida Brohi described her reaction to a group of misogynist Pakistani villagers who believe that women should be confined to their homes.

'Doing This Work Would Keep Me Alive'

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Pakistani activist Khalida Brohi—who later was honored with an Woman of Impact Award “by popular demand”—reflected on her parents' reaction to her dangerous fight for women's rights.

Angelina: Malala Is 'Powerful'

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“But she is also a sweet, creative, loving little girl,” said Angelina Jolie in a rousing tribute to the Pakistani teenage activist who was shot by the Taliban in October 2012. Jolie then pledged $200,000 to help educate girls in Pakistan.

Afghanistan's Social 'Transformation'

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Despite the daily struggle for women's rights, especially in regions dominated by the Taliban, Afghanistan has recently seen a much higher “level of acceptance for women participation,” said politician and activist Fawzia Koofi.

Hillary: 'I Have Been Challenged'

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Hillary Rodham Clinton opened the second day of the Women in the World Summit with an impassioned appeal for women's rights. Giving “women and girls a fighting chance isn't a nice thing to do,” said Clinton. “This is a core imperative for every human being and every society.”

Hillary: Malala Was a 'Threat'

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The former Secretary of State said that the Taliban’s attack on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai intended to silence the bold schoolgirl activist, but instead it “inspired millions of Pakistanis to finally say enough is enough.”

Hillary Slams 'Culture of Rape'

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Clinton spoke movingly about last year's brutal Delhi gang rape and murder, which sparked protests throughout the country—and she said is the beginning of an “Indian spring.” “India will rise or fall with its women,” said Clinton.

Hillary: 'Let's Keep Fighting' For Women

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Clinton closed her impressive speech by reaffirming her famous declaration that “women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights.”

Girls Who Code

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Chelsea Clinton followed her mother with a panel on female “Titans of Tech.” Reshma Saujani discussed the non-profit organization she founded, which teaches computer science to girls all over the world.

Rape Survivor: Why Should I Hide

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One Indian woman, who hid her identity and went solely by Divya, told how she survived rape in her country—and why she has to stay anonymous.

Eva Longoria Takes On Taco Bell

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Poking fun at American xenophobes who dislike the ubiquity of the “Mexican” fast food joint, the actress criticized the messaging surrounding immigration reform. “Let's be worldly,” Longoria said.

Eva Longoria: Hillary 2016!

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She helped President Obama win the White House, but actress-turned-activist Eva Longoria says she's done campaigning. Unless Hillary runs, of course.

Women Are the 'Foundation' Of Libya

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Speaking about her organization, the Voice of Libyan Women founder Alaa Murabit describes the “leading role” women played in the country's revolution—and the long road that still lies ahead.

'For Us, the Future Is Very Personal'

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Who said chess is an all-boy's sport? The game helps develop critical thinking skills from a young age—the exact skills children need, regardless of gender.

Child Chess Prodigy Meets Garry Kasparov

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Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi was born in a Ugandan slum. But on Thursday she was in New York City, playing chess against her idol, grandmaster Gary Kasparov.

Keep It Simple, Stupid!

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Take it from Kavita Shukla, the inventor of Fresh Paper: you don't need a complicated idea to revolutionize the world. “Simple ideas,” she says, “are really the ones that have the power to change things.”

Sexist Obama? That's 'Bogus!'

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Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, deflected criticism of the president's largely male senior staff, saying that he is “very committed” to giving women a voice in the White House.

'We Want Women to Have Power'

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How are female leaders made? One way is to find a good mentor.

Oprah: WITW Is Like Church

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For Oprah Winfrey, the Women in the World Summit is an almost religious event. “We all come to experience the empowerment and the uplifting and the experience of caring one woman for another,” she said, before turning to her favorite guest ever.

How Africa Must 'Break The Chain'

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Zimbabwean education pioneer Dr. Tererai Trent, one of Oprah's heroes, was “just so tired of poverty.” So she set out to change her life—and is now transforming Africa.

'Investing In Women Is Smart Economics'

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So says Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's Minister of Finance. She also cited a study that said women are the 'third emerging market' behind China and India. Plan your financial models accordingly.

$200K? No Problem, Says DVF

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Diane von Fürstenberg, the world-renowned fashion designer, recounts a story of generosity, inspiration, and women helping other women.

One Mother's Unrelenting Search

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Susana Trimarco has been searching for her daughter for more than 11 years. Christopher Dickey asks her the tough question: Does she believe her daughter is still alive?

Sam's Club CEO Talks Leadership

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The trailblazing Rosalind Brewer believes that women are “natural” leaders, and she says that knowing yourself is invaluable.

Mothers 'Have the Right To Health'

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Women's rights activist Molly Melching told the Women In The World Summit that expecting mothers “have to know they have the right to speak out” about their health.

Disaster Relief Online

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Two Massachusetts sisters tell Claire Danes how their online tool helps communities recover from natural disasters.

Tom Hanks Chokes Up For Nora Ephron

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In a moving and animated tribute to the late Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks became emotional while describing her maternal accessibility.

Born To Be a Ballerina

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When Elaine DePrince adopted little Michaela, all the young girl wanted to do was dance. Growing up in Sierra Leone, that's what she thought all American girls did.

Getting Flashed and Making Cash

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That's life for Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the world's youngest self-made female billionaire. Here, she explains how she gets intimate with random strangers, before calling her wealth “awesome.”

Every Girl Can Improve the World

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Everyone “has something deep and tangible and valuable to offer the world,” says Sejal Hathi, one of the founders of Girltank, “an international community that helps young women become social entrepreneurs and change makers.”

Myanmar’s Pioneering Girl Group

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Me N Ma Girls, the first musical act from repressive Myanmar to write original songs, performed onstage to close out the Women in the World Summit. Then they discussed what it means to finally have freedom of speech.

WITW Ends With a Dance Party

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Me N Ma Girls closed out the Women in the World Summit with a rousing song, as the delegates danced on stage.