Tina Brown Launches the Women in The World Foundation

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:31 Written by Donna Karan Wednesday, 14 September 2011 11:28

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Last night was remarkable. In the midst of chaotic Fashion Week,
Tina Brown brought together incredible women for the kick-off gala of her Women in the World Foundation, which is the evolution of her very inspired Women in the World Summit Series.

I was honored to participate in the evening as a co-host, where I had the opportunity to talk about someone who has been an endless source of inspiration for me: Hillary Clinton. She has tirelessly paved the way for women everywhere. No matter the role she takes on, whether it is Mother, Friend, Wife, First Lady, Senator, Presidential Candidate, or Secretary of State, Hillary leads fearlessly. Hillary is a model for how to create real change in this world.

I believe in strong women, but I also believe in strong men, which is why I shared how important it is to partner with our men in the fight for the advancement of women. We are all connected; we must create the change together.

To see so many courageous women come together to share bold, often-heart wrenching stories, revealing the complex truth about women and girls was dramatic, effective and motivating. I loved hearing Meryl Streep’s reading of an Afghan women’s transcendent journey from child-marriage to independent, empowered entrepreneur. And, I love that this transcendence was made possible through my dear friend Zainab Salbi’s organization, Women for Women International.

Supermodel Liya Kebede spoke beautifully on her commitment to advancing maternal health and, Diane von Furstenberg shared the story of her mother, a woman who survived a concentration camp and went on to lead a beautiful life.

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