10 Inspirational Moments From The 2013 Women In The World Summit

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Meryl Streep, 2013 Women In The World
Meryl Streep, Oprah, Angelina Jolie and more pay homage to incredible women leaders.

5. "Women should be in all the negotiations. What is happening to Syrian women is not just a women's issue. It’s a foreign policy issue." — Syrian activist Mouna Ghanem to Barbara Walters

"Why should we care about the women of Syria," Barbara Walters inquires of activist Mouna Ghanem, referencing Syria's social injustice. Women "hold the only hope in Syria," Ghanem responds passionately, as she sits beside her collleague, activist Zainab Salbi. Ghanem goes on to explain that negotiation is needed to bring democracy and peace to the war-ravaged country — and women need to be part of the discussion.

6. "It's about love, realism, and encouragement." — Ballerina Michaela DePrince's mother, Elaine DePrince on supporting her children's dreams.

Elaine DePrince raised two biological sons and nine adopted children. Women In the World honored her daughter, ballerina Michaela DePrince, who escaped an orphanage in the Sierra Leone and is now the youngest member of New York's Dance Theatre of Harlem. Michaela's skin condition, vitiligo, causes her to have "spots," as she call them; the workers in the Sierra Leone orphanage where Elaine DePrince found her considered the condition a sign that she was a "demon child," and used it as an excuse to abuse and neglect her. The story of the DePrince family exemplifies the healing powers of the human spirit — and a mother's love.