• Power Trip

    Don't Run for President, Hillary

    The political world and her most fervent fans may be exercised about a presidential bid. But she should forget it. If she wins, it's too much stress for too little return.

    I know as much as anyone how much her most fervent supporters want Hillary Clinton to run for president. On the opening night of the Women in the World Summit the mere mention of the possibility had the audience on their feet. The fan base is there, and constituencies beyond it.

    But should she do it? Would the bravest and best decision be for her to skip it? In the 2008 campaign the chronic negativity of the ladies and gentlemen of the press was relentless, and the gouging of Hillary was wholly unrelated to either her record or her behavior. It was just that her story had gotten old. It required new angles, or, heaven forbid, new facts, to make it interesting—whereas Barack Obama was a story that wrote itself.

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  • Fashion 4 Development

    COUTURE MEETS POLITICS

    Fashion 4 Development Announces Honorees

    Tina Brown among those awarded.

    Diplomacy is en vogue. Fashion 4 Development unites first ladies, diplomats, influencers, and fashion leaders from around the globe, to coincide with United Nations General Assembly. F4D’s third annual First Ladies Luncheon honors Folorunsho Alakija (founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation) with F4D’s Angel Award, Tina Brown (Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast) with F4D’s Women’s Champion Award, Livia Firth (founder of the Green Carpet Challenge) with the Fashion 4 Development Award, Michel Sidibe (executive director of UNAIDS) with F4D’s League of Gentlemen Award, and Franca Sozzani (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia) with the Premiere F4D Medal of Honor. First Lady of the United Nations Ban Soon-Taek is a guest speaker at the event, held at the Pierre Hotel in New York. It features designs from countries that do not usually have a chance to spotlight their fashion, including the Philippines’ Alfonso Guinoo, Malaysia’s Zang Toi, and Bangladesh’s Tanzila Rab.

    Read it at Fashion 4 Development
  • VULNERABILITY

    Don’t Forget About the Girls

    Tina Brown talks to NPR.

    We cannot truly be aware of just how vulnerable girls are in so many countries. That’s the gist of what Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s own Tina Brown told NPR this morning. The average person only gets glimpses of what it’s like to live between the lines in news stories, she says. Right now, since we are so focused on Syria, we forget that atrocities are still going on in places like Libya and Egypt. Brown illustrated her point with three recent examples. First, a book featured on The Daily Beast shows that former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi essentially handpicked teenage girls to kidnap for his harem. “Gaddafi was a rapist. He used sex to subjugate his country,” Brown says. She also discussed a New York Times Magazine story about journalist Amanda Lindhout, who was kidnapped and raped in Somalia, only to go back to help women there. Lastly, she mentioned that journalist Anabel Hernández claims in The Guardian that Mexico has become so tolerant of drug cartels, it turns a blind eye to prostitution and violence against women.

    Read it at NPR
  • Women in the World Conference 2013. (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Watch Out, World!

    In a star-studded, moving two days at the fourth Women in the World Summit in New York, women were challenged to demand their rights. Millions more around the globe got the message through social media and the Web.

    Sheryl Sandberg gave us Lean In, her neo-feminist mantra that if women are to get ahead in American society, they need to remain committed to the workplace and not let career take a back seat to family and marriage. Now the fourth annual Women in the World Summit has added to and amended that vocabulary by highlighting how women must, in the words of summit founder and co-host, Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, “lean on”: on corporations, on courts, on governments and clerics, and, above all, on fathers, brothers, boyfriends, and male acquaintances to stop persecuting women and to “safeguard the rights and well-being, and to free up the economic potential, of a full half of all [the world’s] citizens.”

    The summit’s “lean on” message reverberated throughout two days of electrifying panels April 4 and 5 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Now in its fourth year, the event—which draws world leaders, top CEOs, firebrand activists, and grassroots organizers to New York to discuss the most pressing global challenges to, and to spotlight the energetic momentum of, the women’s-rights movement today—was sponsored by Toyota, AT&T, Bank of America, the Coca-Cola Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Merck for Mothers, Mary Kay, and Thomson Reuters and co-hosted by Brown, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Nizan Guanaes, Julie Hamp, Jane Harman, Maya L. Harris, Lauren Bush Lauren, Ai-jen Poo, Meryl Streep, Melanne Verveer, and Diane von Furstenberg. The event’s social-media hashtag—#wiw13—inundated Twitter and reached more than 18 million people on the first night alone as audiences celebrated the courageous stories shared on stage and broadcast calls-to-arms to their own followers.

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  • Tina Brown, Editor in Chief, Newsweek & The Daily Beast at the Women in the World Summit 2013. (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown )

    Call to Arms

    Lean On

    Some women can ‘lean in.’ Others need to ‘lean on.’

    We’ve heard a lot in recent polemic about how to win the fight for the corner office. But pushing up against a glass ceiling is practically a luxury when you consider the millions of women who can feel the floor dropping beneath their feet.

    At the Women in the World Summit, currently in progress at Lincoln Center, extraordinarily courageous women bring their stories from 16 countries about what it means to struggle against cultural repression, economic exclusion, and systemic violence. 

    They remind us what it feels like to be a woman in Pakistan, where girls are gunned down for the simple act of boarding a school bus. 

    To be a woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it's estimated over 1,000 women are raped every day. 

    To be a woman in Brazil, where a report in 2010 found that 10 Brazilian women lose their lives to domestic violence every day.

    To be a woman in Somalia, where 95 percent of girls face genital mutilation. 

    To be a woman in Indonesia, where every hour one woman dies in childbirth. 

    To be a woman in Afghanistan, where nearly 90 percent are condemned to illiteracy. 

    And here in the United States, let’s remember that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. An enormous number of mothers in the U.S. are working double time, graveyard shifts, and more than one job just to put food on the table for their kids. Just last week, we saw the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country signed into law in North Dakota.  It’s incredible, isn’t it, that tens of thousands of rape kits sit untested in police storage facilities across the country because the authorities—our authorities—just don’t get around to it.

    In recent weeks, in public debate, we’ve been exhorted to “lean in.” There can hardly be a woman in America who hasn't followed that important conversation. And thank you, Sheryl Sandberg, for starting it. 

    But “leaning in” can only be a partial strategy. Leaning in works only in places where women are close enough to reach for their rightful goals.  

    But there are vast numbers of places where women are at the wrong end of a chasm. Where you lean in and you're scorned, or worse, flogged, stoned, vilified, or denied entry.

    Our mission at the fourth Women in the World Summit is not just to lean in, but to lean ON. 

    Lean on corporations to change the pitiful representation of women in boardrooms. 

    Lean on the prosecutors of India to end rampant sexual violence. 

    Lean on the courts in Latin America to put an end to impunity for violence against women. 

    Lean on the pimps who sell girls for sex and the johns who buy them. 

    Lean on clerics from all religions who condone or turn a blind eye to the abuse of women and deny their fundamental rights. 

    Lean on brothers who would murder their sisters in so-called honor killings! 

    Lean on entire governments to safeguard the rights and well-being, and to free up the economic potential, of a full half of all their citizens! 

    Join us on the livestream of the Women in the World Summit and meet all the extraordinary women, many celebrated, but just as many you will never have heard of until now, leaning ON.

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  • (L-R) Tina Brown, Meryl Streep and Hillary Rodham Clinton attend Women in the World: Stories & Solutions at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 10, 2012 in New York City. (Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)

    Women in the World

    It’s Summit Time!

    The fourth annual Women in the World Summit kicks off today. From Oprah to Hillary, see who’ll be there.

    “I feel heartened by the progress,” said Melanne Verveer, “but aware that many challenges remain.”

    The former ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues was talking to The New York Times about the state of women’s rights around the world—a topic set to take center stage at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, which Verveer is co-hosting this year. The sold-out event takes place Thursday and Friday at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater and is dedicated to bringing to light the stories of pioneers fighting for the rights of women and girls—from grassroots activists and courageous private citizens to top government officials and CEOs. The event will be live-streamed on The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Channel.

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  • US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer smiles during an announcement of the recipients of the Women Entrepreneurs in the Americas small grants on February 4, 2013 at the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

    LIVESTREAM

    The Georgetown Institute Launches

    The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security launches Wednesday at 4 p.m. Watch the ceremony.

    Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia will formally launch the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security in a ceremony Wednesday that starts at 4 p.m. ET in the Lohrfink Auditorium at the university’s Rafik B. Hariri Building.

    The launch ceremony will feature remarks from Melanne Verveer, executive director-designate, GIWPS & U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Carol Lancaster, dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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  • Malala Yousafzai. (Veronique de Viguerie/Getty)

    Malala Speaks!

    Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie announce gathering strength for an education fund in her honor.

    The world is thrilled this morning to finally catch a glimpse of Malala Yousafzai, who is recovering from a five-hour operation in Britain. Yousafzai said she is feeling well and wants to “serve the people” and announced the formation of a new fund to support girls’ education.

    We are touched and heartened by Malala's recovery, as well as by the donations pouring in to endow a Women in the World fund in her honor used exclusively to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. When she was only 10, this amazing girl accompanied her father to a press club in Peshawar and declared: “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” Now people are echoing her all over the world by joining the cause.

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