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Women in the World Summit Features Inspiring Speeches from Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Tina Brown, Angelina Jolie and More (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2013 at 11:15AM

The fourth annual Women in the World summit featured its signature mix of powerful, distinguished and eminent female leaders and icons as well as little-known women who are making great efforts to advocate on the part of women around the world (clips below).
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Women in the World Summit

The fourth annual Women in the World summit featured its signature mix of powerful, distinguished and eminent female leaders and icons as well as little-known women who are making great efforts to advocate on the part of women around the world (clips below). 

The always eloquent and knowledgeable Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, introduced the 2013 summit, held in New York City by emphasizing the breadth of the conference's goals: "Pushing up the glass ceiling is practically a luxury when there are so many women who feel the floor dropping beneath their feet," she said, "Try being a woman in Pakistan… try being a woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo…" 

Meryl Streep revealed her impeccable storytelling skills (and Irish accent) while describing the achievements of her friend Inez McCormack's fight for equal pay in Ireland. 

Hillary Clinton's rousing speech opened the second day of the conference. She discussed the problem of people who consider "the challenges of women and girls, somehow separate from the society at large." Concluding that giving “women and girls a fighting chance isn't a nice thing to do. This is a core imperative for every human being and every society.” More speeches and thoughts from Women in the World in the videos below: 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.