What It Means To Be A Woman Today From The Women In The World Summit

Woman & Home attended the Women in the World
summit last night at Cadogan Hall, London and were blown away by the inspirational and influential women from around the world.
The summit featured talks from international and British names including our
November cover star Meryl Streep and fellow actress Nicole Kidman, Politicians Nicola
Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland) and
Theresa May (Home Secretary), Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Architect Zaha Hadid, Catherine Mayer, author Kathy Lette and many more
inspirational women.

Meryl Streep, Tina Brown and Ursula von der Leyen (German Minister of Defence)

Our November cover star Meryl Streep
appeared on the last panel of the evening discussing her new film
Suffragette. Also on stage were the film’s director Sarah Gavron and
producer Alison Owen. Meryl’s stand-out quote was that ‘Women’s issues are
men’s problems’ and that we ALL have to work together to continue the
fight for equality.


Tina Brown, CEO and founder of Women in the World, opened the London summit by saying how bolshy women who are prepared to fight, go a long way back in Britain. To prove it, she pointed to the Dagenham Girls sitting in the front row. Their strikes at the Ford plant in the late 60s led directly to the Equal Pay Act 1970 and they got one of the biggest cheers of the night.


Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan also attended, and spoke about the impact on Jordan of the millions of war refugees surging into her country. 

Theresa May spoke at the summit on Friday and recieved a huge round of applause for her speech on being the longest serving British Home Secretary and
how it has shaped her. She said ‘You can be clever and like clothes.’ After being asked about how fashion and politics mixed.


Nicole Kidman was another speaker and discussed taking risks, about the creative phase of her life and career and life after marriage to Tom Cruise ‘I was running away from my life. As an actor, you can get lost in someone else’s life.’

‘Women are still runners-up in the human race.’ The always amusing Kathy Lette said to Catherine Mayer on why women need a new polictical party. 

To find out more and listen to some of the speeches taking place head the their website or check out their Youtube channel here.

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