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.
Perhaps my favorite moment of the evening was listening to Liberian Activist Leymah Gbowee speak. She was fiercely committed to her belief that inside each and everyone of us is the power to change the world. She challenged us all into action saying, “Don’t sit there. Do something. You die sitting down!”
This is what the night was about – calling each and every one of us into action. I believe we can’t do anything unless we do it together. Let’s join forces. Let’s create change. There is no time like the present.
To watch the highlights of this event, I invite you to visit The Daily Beast.
- Women in the World Conference
- Women In the World
- Building Bridges, Empowering Women
- Donna Karan on Mothering the World
- Launching the Million Women’s Heart Project