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Hillary Clinton: “Women’s Rights Are The Unfinished Business Of This Century”
April 5, 2013
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Some of the most influential, respected and inspiring women on the planet are in New York City right now for a remarkable event.

The Women in the World Summit.

Founded in 2010, it brings together CEOs, world leaders , grassroots activists and dissidents from around the world - all of them dedicated to the advancement of women and girls.

Among the high profile women there are Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and Hillary Clinton, who spoke today.

Clinton called women's rights the "unfinished business of this century," and promised to use her platform to advance women worldwide.

"Let's keep fighting for opportunity and dignity," she said. "Let's keep fighting for freedom and equality. Let's keep fighting for full participation, and let's keep telling the world over and over again that yes, women's are human rights and human rights are women's rights once and for all."

"I have always believed that women are not victims," Clinton said. "We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace. All we need is a fighting chance."

hillary-clinton-to-women-in-the-world-summit-women's-rights-are-the-unfinished-business-of-this-century-feature2.jpg Yesterday, Jolie paid tribute to Malala Yousafzai - the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she stood up for the right of girls to go to school.

In a video message, Malala announced what she said was "the happiest moment of my life" - a $45,000 grant to build a school for girls in the Swat Valley, where she's from.

"We are going to educate 40 girls, and I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund," she said. "Let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls."

The money comes from a charity set up in Malala's name by the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-governmental organization founded in 1997 by Clinton.

The fund's organizers won't say which school the money will be going to because they're afraid it could be attacked.

Jolie, who will donate $200,000 to the fund, praised Malala for her courage and her humility.

"Here's what the gunman and the Taliban accomplished on that day. They shot her at point-blank range in the head - and made her stronger," she said in her speech.

"In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder, and she more resolute in calling on the entire world, not just Pakistan, to ensure the right for every girl and boy to an education."

"She is powerful, but she is also a sweet, creative, loving little girl who wants to help others and work for others," Jolie said.

"She doesn't want to be center of attention - her goal is progress, not notoriety."

Malala, now 15, underwent extensive surgery to reconstruct her skull at a hospital in England after being transferred from Pakistan.

She went back to school in March at a private school in the city of Birmingham, with the tuition paid for by the Pakistani government.

The goal of the summit is to share "incredible stories of women and girls, looking at both their challenges and triumphs, and inspiring solutions to women's issues."

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You can find out more on the Women in the World Foundation website right here. They have a number of stories including...

6 Super Charities Started by College Students
Women and the Mortgage Mess
4 Amazing Charities for Orphans
5 Fab Ways to Get Girls into Chess
A Solution for the Student Loan Crisis

You can read those stories and many more right here.

There's also a solutions page, a list of upcoming events, and information on how you can get involved or make a donation.

The summit is sponsored by The Daily Beast, and was founded by its editor-in-chief Tina Brown.

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