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Letter from New York #26

March 11th, 2012 by

“Women’s Rights Are Human Rights,” said Hillary Clinton in a video clip that opened the 3rd Women in the World Summit in New York.  At the close of this extraordinary two day Summit, Secretary Clinton was up on stage, and I was seven rows away, having just watched Meryl Streep give a moving tribute to the woman she so deeply admires.  Meryl Streep told us she was a cheerleader at Yale while Hillary Clinton was chair of the student government “and there, the two paths in the woods diverged,” she smiled.  “This is what you get when you play a world leader,” Streep said, showing us the Academy Award she won for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the film, The Iron Lady.  “But this,” and she gestured backstage to Hillary Clinton (surrounded by secret security), “is what you get when you are one.”


Later, we heard from Hillary Clinton what it was like to finally be meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi having first penned a note of support for her at the Beijing Women’s Conference that was delivered by Madeleine Albright straight after the conference.  Madeleine Albright was up on stage earlier too, having said “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”


We were gathered at the Lincoln Center for an event organized by Tina Brown, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek and co-hosted by a range of individuals including Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, Jane Harman, former congresswoman and current head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars, Diane von Furstenberg, designer; Judith Rodin, publisher and Maya Harris, Ford Foundation Vice President.… Continue Reading