Women in the World Photo Highlights

As Newsweek & The Daily Beast's Women in the World summit kicked off in New York City, Madeleine Albright, Angelina Jolie, Christine Lagarde and many more took to the stage. See photo highlights, and read our complete coverage.

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Co-Founder and Member, Young Women for Change Noorjahan Akbar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,  Co-Founder and CSO Uncharted Play, Inc. Julia Silverman, Translator Reena Shrestha, Room to Read Girls' Education Program Scholar Suma Tharu, Editor in Chief Newsweek & The Daily Beast Tina Brown, and actress Meryl Streep at the Women in the World Summit 2012.

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In her closing speech, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that women must "reject any efforts to marginalize any one of us." She added, "We must be fearless."

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Oscar winning actress and summit co-host Meryl Streep introduces Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Summit co-host Lauren Bush Lauren told MSNBC's Alex Witt how she's helping to end world hunger by providing free meals to impoverished children through the sale of handmade tote bags. 

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Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and summit co-host, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama discuss the role of women in the economic recovery and how women are integral to keeping America competitive in the 21st century.

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Tina Brown sits down with Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee on the second day of the 2012 Women in the World Summit. The two discuss Gbowee's brave fight to bring peace to Liberia. Gbowee also co-hosted the summit.

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Jill Abramson, the first woman to hold the title of New York Times executive editor, tells Facebook COO and summit co-host Sheryl Sandberg her path to the top of a newspaper that was once predicted to never have a female editor. 

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Sisters Maya and Kamala Harris--two powerful figures in American law--talk to Cynthia McFadden about the fight against underaged prostitution and child marriage. 

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Angelina Jolie makes a stop on her way into the theater. 

Fashion designer Lauren Bush Lauren was among the Summit's co-hosts. During Friday night's welcome, she gave voice to a woman subjected to a virginity test after being arrested for protesting in Tahrir Square.

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Award-winning actress Debra Messing shows her support.

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Holland Taylor makes an entrance on night one of the Women in the World Summit. The Broadway actress kicked off day two of the summit with a performance as former Texas Governor Ann Richards.

Shoe designer Matt Bernson on the red carpet.

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Women in the World Summit co-hosts Diane von Furstenberg, Tina Brown and Jane Harman gather for a shot in the David H. Koch Theater entrance.

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Woodrow Wilson Center Director Jane Harman, Republic of Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, DC Metropolitan Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discuss the unique role women can play in solving problems of local, national and international security. Harman co-hosted the Women in the World summit.

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Suma Tharu, a 16-year-old student who escaped from indentured servitude in Nepal, sings live. 

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Chelsea Clinton hosted a panel called "The Digital Lives of Girls," which showcased five young women who are using the power of social media and the internet to make a difference.

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Sarah Brown discusses the "moral obligation" to educate girls, during a panel discussion led by ABC's Juju Chang. 

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Molly Melching is the founder of Tostan, an organization based in Senegal that is dedicated to ending female genital cutting. She was joined onstage by Imam Demba Diawara, who has been working with men and women alike to help stop the practice. 

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Talia Leman was just a child when she raised $10 million to send to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now 17, she runs randomkid.org, an organization that aims to involve children all over the world in charitable activities. 

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Asenath Andrews is the founder and principle of the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, a school designed for teen girls who become pregnant. "It is surprising that in 2012, there is an attitude that once you get pregnant as a teenager, your life is over. That is not okay," she said.  

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Kah Walla, the president of Cameroon's People's Party is joined on stage by U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom and and Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices. Walla called for women to get organized and seek political office. 

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Anna Netrebko, world‐renowned Russian soprano and star of the Metropolitan Opera, gives a special live performance.

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Andrew Sullivan, Editor of The Dish at The Daily Beast, interviews women from across Egypt's political spectrum as they describe their efforts to elevate the influence of Egyptian women during the Arab Spring.

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Photographer Lynsey Addario describes when she was kidnapped by Gaddafi’s forces with Christopher Dickey, of Newsweek & The Daily Beast.

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Tzipi Livni, head of Israel's Kadima opposition party, spoke about the crisis with Iran, the role of women in resolving the Palestinian conflict, and women’s rights versus cultural tenets.

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"One of the biggest problems is that there are just no women in the room where the decisions are being made," says Susan Lyne, CEO of Gilt Groupe. She shares the stage with DailyWorth Founder and CEO Amanda Steinberg and Candace Browning, head of global research for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to discuss jobs for women after the recession.

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Thompson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland and Russian journalist Masha Gessen dismiss the idea of Vladimir Putin as "a legitimate president."

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Julia Silverman discusses her mission to bring electricity to communities in need. She and fellow Harvard grad Jessica O. Matthews invented the "sOccket," which looks just like a soccer ball but converts physical movement to electricity when it's kicked around. 

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Bibi Hokmina, an elected member of the Provincial Council for Eastern Afghanistan's Khost Province, watches her panel, which talked about the future for Afghan women following the exit of the U.S. Military from her country.

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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and current Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi discusses the current threat to women's reproductive rights that has emerged during the 2012 elections.

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U.S. Armed Forces veterans Zoe Bedell and Claire Russo speak on their experiences as women in the military, where discrimination and sexual assault are prevalent.

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Women in the World Delegates listen to a panel discussion on Chinese businesswomen, led by Barbara Walters, over lunch.

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Emily Anne Rigal joins fellow young bloggers to discuss the ways girls can use social media for activism. The 17-year-old Virginian is the founder of WeStopHate, a blog dedicated to promoting self-esteem for teens. 

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ABC News Correspondent Barbara Walters interviews 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua, T.H. Capital Founder Tian X. Hou, Newsweek and Daily Beast Beijing Bureau Chief Melinda Liu, WildChina Founder Mei Zhang and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg on the growing role of Chinese women in the world economy. 

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Global Health Corps co-founder Barbara Bush and V.P. of Sustainability and Social Innovation for HP Gabi Zedlmayer talk to Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green, about how new technologies can be used to tackle global health challenges. 

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Model and activist Christie Turlington was among the inspiring women in attendance at day two of the 2012 Women in the World Summit.

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Newsweek and Daily Beast Paris Bureau Chief Christopher Dickey leads a discussion between Norma Andrade, founder of Nuestras Hijas Regreso a Casa A.C., actor producer and director Gael Garcia Bernal, Informe Especial founder and Editor in Chief Sylvia Gereda, and Congressman Rosi Orozco, president of Mexico's Special Commission Against Human Trafficking. The group discussed the prevalence of violence against women in Mexico and Central America. 

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Gael Garcia Bernal and Congresswoman Rosi Orozco talk with Christopher Dickey about stopping violence against women and girls in Mexico and Central America.

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Barbara and Jenna Bush, daughters of former U.S. President George W. Bush, smile in the audience. Barbara, who is the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, spoke Friday on new technologies for solving global health issues. 

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Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts interviews Coca-Cola Company Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent on why he thinks women will be integral to solving the global issue of job creation. 

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Janet Napolitano and Bibi Hokmina talk backstage. Hokmina is an elected member to the Provincial Council of Eastern Afghanistan's Khost Province and Napolitano is the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, talks to journalist Christiane Amanpour about what the U.S. military's exit from Afghanistan will mean for the country's women and girls. 

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Journalists Jill Abramson, Christiane Amanpour and Gloria Steinam backstage on day two of the Women in the World Summit.

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Feminist writer and Ms. Magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem and Cheryl Mills, U.S. Department of State chief of staff, discuss how feminism has redefined professional success.

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Gloria Steinam and Cheryl Mills were joined on stage by Washington Post Deputy Political Editor Anne Kornblut and New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson in a panel on industries topped by women. The discussion was led by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Broadway actress Holland Taylor kicks off day two of the Summit with a performance as former Texas Governor Ann Richards.

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International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde in conversation with Niall Ferguson on the European financial crisis, the global economy and the greatest challenges and top priorities for the IMF in the coming months.

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Delegates dine as woman of the hour Christine Lagarde speaks on the European Financial Crisis and the International Monetary Fund's other priorities. An exciting end to the first day of 2012's Women in the World Summit.

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Actress, director and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie shares Dr. Hawa Abdi's effort to help tens of thousands of Somalian refugees.

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The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center was packed on day one of the 2012 Women in the World Summit. The audience included students from Columbia, NYU, Barnard, female cadets from Westpoint and 30 female judges from 15 countries. 

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Host Tina Brown and speaker Angelina Jolie chat following their speeches. 

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Photographer and Foundation of Hope Ministries Spokesperson Sandra Uwiringiyimana shares her own story as a victim of genocide with CBS's Charlie Rose. 

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Charlie Rose interviews former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the costs women bear during war. 

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60 Minutes Correspondent Leslie Stahl moderates a panel discussion on forced marriage. Chaz Akoshile, joint head of the U.K.'s Forced Marraige Unit, Albert David, Head of Consular Assistance for the British High Commission in Islamabad, Condemned Without a Crime author Sabatina James and Jasvinder Sanghera, CEO and founder of Karma Nirvana, discuss whether mothers are to blame for forced marriages. 

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Taking the stage at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, Newsweek and Daily Beast Editor in Chief Tina Brown notes the incredible growth the Women in the World Summit has seen in just three years. "When it comes to the advancement of women and girls, people really, really want to step out," she says.