10 Inspirational Moments From The 2013 Women In The World Summit

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Meryl Streep, 2013 Women In The World
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9. "South Africa needs to restore the promise of freedom and the values and principles that so many of us fought for, and many of my old friends and colleagues died for. We cannot afford to continue to betray that promise, that passion that got us  to fight and win our freedom." — Dr. Mamphela Ramphele to Charlie Rose

Anti-apartheid activist and South African presidential candidate Dr. Mamphela Ramphele gives an impassioned plea at the Women In The World summit, emphasizes the need for better education in her country. "Every day that children are being sent to schoold where there are no textbooks and teachers are not skilled ... that day represents betrayal of our children and our grandchildren."

 

10. "We don't want copy tracks because we want to create our own way and also now we have freedom of speech in our country and we can say what we want." — Me N Ma Girls, Myanmar's first-ever pop group

Closing out the Women In The World Summit were a quintuplet of young women who couldn't be happier to be there ("Hello, New York!" several of them exclaimed). Me N Ma Girls — the name itself a play on their repressive mother land — talked about being not only the first female pop group in their nation, but also the first musical act to perform original hits. Until now, censorship in Myanmar had prevented any other musical acts from created and performing their own music — reducing them, essentially, to karaoke acts.