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This Year’s Women In The World Summit Starts Tomorrow In New York
April 2, 2014
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Tina Brown, shown here at the 2012 event, is the founder of the Women in the World Summit. (Photo: AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Tomorrow at Lincoln Centre in New York, some of the world's most powerful and influential women will congregate to discuss the state of women in the world right now. That group includes CEOs, politicians, activists and journalists, and such notable names as former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, news anchor and journalist Katie Couric and actor Meryl Streep.

The Women in the World Summit, now in its fifth year, is organized by Tina Brown, former editor of The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The event attempts to shine a light on the successes of women around the world, as well as the problems women continue to face in every country. It's now put on by the Women in the World Foundation, which was founded in 2011 to tackle these issues year round.

“Women in the World is a global brand,” Brown told the Washington Post. “It’s a global platform, which is all about seeing the world through the eyes of women, and really bringing alive what I call women who live behind the lines of the news. It is not about wringing your hands about not getting the corner office or feeling that men are mean to you or feeling that people don’t treat you right at work. It’s not about that. It’s much more about how do I become a global leader, how do I impact my community, how do I lift all boats and in the process lift myself?”

The three-day event is packed with talks and performances. In total, there are more than 120 speakers, moderators and hosts — some of whom are men, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who will talk about his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Events this year include Meryl Streep reading from a young girl's war journal, a live interview with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah about the state of women in Jordan and a conversation (moderated by Charlie Rose) with two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot. You can see the entire schedule of events here

And here's Hilary Clinton's headlining address from last year:

And you'll be able to watch many of the events live-streamed on The Daily Beast, starting with the opening address April 3 at 6:30 p.m. EST.


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