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Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton


Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton – It launched with the sound of a young girl’s voice, calling a hotline for women forced into marriage, her words spanning across the giant stage at New York’s Lincoln Center. The girl was British, but she’d overheard her parents talking about shipping her off to Pakistan—for a forced marriage. “Put a spoon in your underwear,” we hear a woman tell her. The audience is puzzled. “When you go through airport security,” the woman continues, “the alarm will sound, and you can tell the guard your story.”

It was a rousing start to Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit, a gathering that attracted activists, organizers, educators, and politicians from more than a dozen countries—and even managed to send Twitter over capacity by the popularity of its hashtag, #wiw12. Some had traveled far: Hokmina, a provincial council member, from Afghanistan. Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of the weekend’s co-hosts, from Liberia. There was Molly Melching, the U.S.-born founder of the Tostan organization, who has lived in Senegal for more nearly 40 years, working to stop female genital mutilation. And, of course, there were the activists here at home: Gloria Steinem, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey and more. Continue reading


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