• Phiona Mutesi meets Garry Kasparov prior to the Women in the World Conference 2013 on April 4, 2013. (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown)


    How Chess Saves Lives

    From the slums of Uganda to chess phenom, Phiona Mutesi is a testament to what great things can happen when talent is given the opportunity to thrive. Garry Kasparov on the power of education.

    I was honored to participate in this month’s Women in the World Summit in New York City. I was on a panel with Phiona Mutesi, a teenage chess champion from Uganda, her coach Robert Katende, and Marisa van der Merwe, who co-founded the Moves for Life chess-in-schools program in South Africa. The life experiences of these two remarkable women could not be more different, but they both speak to the importance and power of education, especially in the developing world.

    Phiona came from the slums of Katwe in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, growing up in deprivation and fear that few members of our New York audience could imagine. Her discovery of Katende’s local chess club became a miracle for Phiona, showing her that she could achieve intellectually. More important than that her chess talent has allowed her to travel the world, she now plans to be a doctor! This is the first and most powerful gift chess can provide, a self-confidence that transforms a child’s view of his or her potential. Very few kids can truly expect to turn success at football or other physical sports into an education or career. This is also true for chess, but the knowledge that you can compete, succeed, and enjoy yourself on an intellectual level applies to everything you undertake in life.

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    Women In The World Summit: Watch Our Full Video Recap

    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. Relive all the moments from the fourth-annual Women in the World Summit.


    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.

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    It's Your Turn!

    Share your favorite stories from the 2013 Women in the World Summit.

    Our 2013 Women in the World Summit was an outstanding success this year—thanks to you, our fired-up, outspoken, passionate audience, ready to get out there and change the world! Share your favorite stories from the summit below, and tweet your best photos from the #wiw13 hashtag (or you can email us your photos at dailybeastsubmit@gmail.com).

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    Women Of Impact Awards: Honoring Changemakers

    Along with Toyota's Mothers of Invention

    Pay it forward. It’s a message that echoed throughout the fourth annual Women in the World Summit this year, from panels on the importance of mentoring female leaders to safeguarding the gains by women in Afghanistan. And it was the message that Toyota’s Julie Hamp, and The Women in the World Foundation’s Kim Azzarelli and Newsweek/Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, celebrated while announcing this year’s Mothers of Invention and the new winners of the Women of Impact Awards.

    “There is a special place in heaven for women who help other women,” said Hamp while paying tribute to the Mothers of Invention: Kavita Shukla, who invented a paper to keep produce fresh; Caitria and Morgan O’Neill, whose Recovers group works to find innovative ways to coordinate disaster aid; and girltank founders Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts. The girls, who received $50,000 to strengthen their organizations, experienced an emotional moment on stage when Hamp surprised them with news that the girls would also receive a $15,000 grant to “pay it forward” to a person and cause of their choice.

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    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.

  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhtar Kent (center), Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company and Melanne Verveer, Former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues on 'Women, Money and Power' in the Women in the World Conference 2013. (Roxxe Ineland/Marc Bryan-Brown)

    Labor Force

    To Strengthen Economies, Let Women Work

    Money earned by women is more likely to be spent on family, especially daughters.

    “People at first thought we were trying to go to the moon with a glider,” said Muhtar Kent, the Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.

    Kent was describing the company’s extraordinarily ambitious “5by20” program, which aims to create five million new female entrepreneurs by 2020. They may be shooting the moon, but the company says it has already helped 350,000 women to start their own businesses.

  • Diane Von Furstenberg and Gloria Steinem attend 2013 DVF Awards at United Nations on April 5, 2013 in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty)

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    A Stirring Conclusion to Women in the World

    At the annual DVF Awards at the United Nations, the annual Women in the World conference came to a rapturous close.

    At an intimate party Friday night at the United Nations, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg hosted her namesake DVF Awards, celebrating women who inspire other women. The guest list included feminist Gloria Steinem, actress Olivia Wilde, Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), and Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, who chatted with a swarm of fans. The event concluded the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, co-hosted by Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown and von Furstenberg.

    Brown remarked that von Furstenberg, who wore a cast, had recently broken her arm in three different places from a skiing accident. Brown said: “When I expressed concern … she immediately texted me back, ‘I will match the bravery of the women we’re honoring.’”

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    Best Moments from Women in the World

    Women both renowned and unheralded inspired at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit. Watch the best moments.

    The Stars Come Out For Women's Rights

    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.

  • The Women in the World Foundation is a powerful initiative dedicated to driving solutions that advance women and girls. The Foundation was born out of Newsweek & The Daily Beast's annual Women in the World Summit, launched by the publications' editor-in-chief, Tina Brown, in March 2010. An intimate and impactful gathering centered on vivid storytelling and live journalism, the Summit brings together women from all over the world. From CEOs and world leaders to grassroots activists and firebrand dissidents - each year the Summit brings to light the incredible stories of women and girls, looking at both their challenges and triumphs, and inspiring solutions to women's issues. 

  • In partnership with the Virtue Foundation, create a fund to help children in Ghana receive critical medical care and education.

    In a remote corner of northwest Ghana called Tumu, only one doctor is available to treat more than 100,000 people in the area, and transportation is scarce. Children go without the most basic medical care. Women die in labor before they can reach a hospital. And a little boy named Latif, who suffered terrible burns as an infant in a fire that scorched off his eyelids and decimated his left arm, desperately hoped for help. Unable to close his eyes, he risked going blind.