The 4th annual Women In The World summit, hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, was something to see. The two-day event, held at NYC's Lincoln Center, showcased some of the most confident, courageous women leaders and activists from countries as varied at Syria, Pakistan and Myanmar, as well as right here in the states. Celebrities including Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie and Oprah stepped out to honor these amazing women, who don't receive nearly as much fanfare as they deserve.
From Tom Hanks' emotional speech about Nora Ephron as the woman who truly "had it all" to teen activist Malala Yousafzai as honored by a humbled Angelina Jolie, the event put a spotlight on the incredible challenges and victories of women all across the globe — and the fearless female leaders who are quite literally risking their lives to make a difference.
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1. "A call to action, a call to arms, to link arms. Inez McCormack, her great heart beats on in us." — Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep paid tribute to the late Inez McCormack, a women's activist from Northern Ireland who demanded equal pay for equal work — "that radical notion," Meryl quipped. Ever the performer, she even adopted an Irish brogue during part of her homage to McCormack, a personal friend of the star's who passed just 10 weeks before the summit.
2. "I told my dad, 'Not doing this work would kill me. Doing this work would keep me alive. Let me go.'" — Young Pakistani activist Khalida Brohi to Christiane Amanpour
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Pakistani activist Khalida Brohi, founder and director of the Sughar Women Program, is devoted to ending tribal violence against women in Pakistan. In a video clip shown at the summit, Brohi confronts misogynistic village men who proudly proclaim that women who feel they have a right to education deserve "the bullet." How did she practice such patience in the face of hate? "I think I was patient over there, because I knew that these men would one day be working for me," Brohi proclaimed. Her confidence, passion and precocious intellect earned her a standing ovation from the Women In The World audience.
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