I was lucky to attend the the 5th annual Women in the World summit once again. Words can’t quite capture the experience of having an entire event wrapped around the narrative on issues affecting women from Washington to Rwanda, celebrating the success of the women’s movement which has come so far even in the past year alone. The event took place at Lincoln Center in NYC over the period of 2-1/2 days and was hosted by Tina Brown who kicked everything off with the mantra “Don’t cry, strategize.” Her boundless energy to get stories told from women around the world is truly admirable and in Sarah Silverman’s words, “undeniable”.
There were simply too many highlights to mention so I thought I’d give a wrap up of my favorite tweets. These defined great moments of both reality and encouragement on the state of women’s affairs around the world:
Jon Stewart: “The speed of change in the middle east is a true testament to the voices of women.” #WITW14
South African shop owner Bessie Mogale on sending her sons to college: “They were the first in the family. I graduated after them.” #WITW14
When Eleanor Roosevelt was asked to go to the UN, she said “for the 1st time in my life, I can say what i want” #WITW14 (then she asked reporters to take it off record)
I see a great number of talented, intelligent people all around me & I’m convinced they could do this better -Nadya of Pussy Riot #WITW14
“I have 7 granddaughters and I’m sure one of them will be President” via President Jimmy Carter #WITW14
“Women think they need to have a PhD to talk about trade policy. Men think they just have to drive a Honda.” Senator Susan Collins #WITW14