Performance by Michaela DePrince
Ballerina Michaela DePrince, originally from Sierra Leone, kicked off the summit in style with a beautiful performance. DePrince escaped an orphanage in the war-torn African country and now performs at New York’s Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Welcome by Tina Brown
“Our message at the fourth-annual Women in the World Summit is not just to lean in, but lean ON,” said Newsweek/The Daily Beast editor in chief Tina Brown, greeting guests with rousing words of hope for women around the globe.
Co-hosts: The Woman I’m Here For
Co-hosts Melanne Verveer, Lauren Bush Lauren, Dr. Hawa Abdi, and others stood up for a woman they believe in.
Meryl Streep Plays Irish Trade-Union Leader
Meryl Streep tried on an Irish accent to honor her friend Inez McCormack, an activist from Northern Ireland who demanded equal compensation for equal work. McCormack, Ireland’s “firebrand and peacemaker,” died just 10 weeks before the summit.
Women ‘Hold the Only Hope in Syria’
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 New Power Player
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, an anti-apartheid activist and presidential candidate in South Africa, told Charlie Rose that her country has slid backward. It must “restore the promise of freedom,” she said.
The Next Generation of Malalas
Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy introduced us to two incredible young women from Pakistan who are risking their lives for the rights of women and girls.
Angelina Jolie: Malala Undaunted
Malala “is powerful,” said Angelina Jolie in a rousing tribute to the Pakistani teenage activist who was shot by the Taliban in October 2012, “but she is also a sweet, creative, loving little girl.” Jolie then pledged $200,000 to help educate girls in Pakistan.
What You Didn’t Know About Afghanistan
Tina Brown introduced Anne Finucane, global strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America, who in turn introduced the panel.
Women fighting for the future of Afghanistan joined the country’s most influential media mogul to illuminate what’s really happening there.
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
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.”
Grooming Titans of Tech
Chelsea Clinton followed her mother with a panel on female “Titans of Tech.” The high-powered panel looked at the female groundbreakers and entrepreneurs shaping the future of tech innovation.
Outcry in India
The vicious gang rape of a Delhi student last December sparked a debate about what is fueling the sexual abuse of women in India. Is the tide finally shifting?
Three Latinas who have reached the top rungs of success share their stories—including why Eva Longoria won’t campaign for anyone but Hillary.
Dispatch From Libya
Speaking about her organization, the Voice of Libyan Women founder Alaa Murabit described the “leading role” women played in the country's revolution—and the long road that still lies ahead.
Phiona Makes a Move
Chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi was born in a Ugandan slum. And she’s one of a growing cadre of girls benefitting from the game.
Mothers of Invention: Kavita Shukla
Hear how a visit with her grandmother in India led Kavita Shukla to create an ingenious device for preserving food.
An Interview With Ambassador Susan Rice
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.
How to Build a Woman Leader
From Haiti to the Middle East to India, the Global Ambassadors Program is promoting woman-to-woman collaboration.
Oprah: Meet My Hero
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: a Zimbabwean dynamo who is revolutionizing education for women across Africa.
Women, Money, and Power
“Investing in women in smart economics,” said Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister, as she and three other global leaders discussed the integral role of women in lifting up economies.
An Interview With Diane von Furstenberg
The legendary Diane von Furstenberg discussed the women who have most influenced her professionally, personally, and in her philanthropic work.
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?
Roz Brewer Gives Back
Sam’s Club President and CEO Roz Brewer has harnessed the power of one of the world’s largest retailers to create new opportunities for women across the globe.
Saving Mothers: A Surprising Solution
Hear how the African nation of Malawi has found an unexpected way to curb maternal mortality while still respecting ancient customs.
Mothers of Invention: The O’Neill Sisters
Two Massachusetts sisters tell Claire Danes how their online tool helps communities recover from natural disasters.
Tom Hanks Celebrates Nora Ephron
In a moving and animated tribute to the late Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks choked up as he remembered the legendary journalist, writer, and director.
The Search for Home
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.
Spanx Speaks: Founder Sara Blakely
The world’s youngest female self-made billionaire explains how she turned her life savings into a $250 million business.
Mothers of Invention: Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts
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.”
Burma’s Girls in the World
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.
Women in the World Finale
What better way to finish the summit than by honoring some of the most inspiring women featured throughout the event? First, the Women of Impact Awards gave out $25,000 to five deserving recipients.
Then the Toyota Awards handed out a total of $150,000 to their “Mothers of Invention.”
And, finally, everyone had a dance party!
See you next year!