Women’s Day 2012: Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie To Host Conference

Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee will be among hosts at the 3rd annual Women in the World Summit, which kicks off Women’s Day on Thursday.

Famous women will come together in New York to share with people their stories about women who are battling the status quo, opposing wars, violence, slavery and exploitation while shattering glass ceilings across the world. Photo: The Daily Beast

This year’s summit covers three days of “stories and solutions” from acclaimed, trailblazing women representing a broad spectrum of cultures. They’ll be discussing everything starting from forced marriage in Pakistan and finishing the debates about women’s role in national security to sex trafficking to women’s body image, MS Magazine reports.

For example, Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, will talk with Tina Brown, the Editor in Chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast, about women in conflict zones.

Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., will be giving his opinion on why women around the globe are set to become key participants in “cracking the code” for job growth, reports The International Business Times.

Three-time Oscar-winng actress Meryl Streep will be giving her tribute before closing comments by Hillary Clinton.

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast–and founder of the Women in the World summit, when asked about the inspiration of this year’s event, responded:

“I’ve been passionate about these issues for a long time–long before we started The Daily Beast I saw there was a gap in telling these stories. We read the headlines in the news, but we seldom get to hear these individual stories, and the Women in the World summit does that–we give a spotlight to issues that mainstream media doesn’t typically like to touch.”

Last year the Women in the World Foundation was launched, which is aimed to collaborate, convene and connect.

Brown explained: “After the first two years of the summit, we had such an outpouring of interest from all corners–people wanting to take action, to get involved–that we launched the Foundation to facilitate that.”

The Daily Beast announced its ‘150 Fearless Women‘ who are ‘making their voices heard’ by “starting revolutions, opening schools, and fostering a brave new generation.” Women from all over the world and various industries were selected, including multiple members of the media, writes The Huff Post.

The list includes Fatuma Noor, the Somali journalist, who is based in Kenya, reports on gender injustice. In 2011, she won the top prize at CNN’s Multichoice African Journalist Awards.

Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning columnist, is also in the Top-150. She was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by security forces while covering the Egyptian uprising in Cairo.

One more fearless woman is Katherine Boo, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, who recently released her first book “Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.”

Hung Huang, who is also included in the list, is the editor of China’s first fashion magazine, iLook. The Daily Beast called her “one of the most influential women in Chinese culture.” She went to Vassar College and has a blog audience of 15 million people. Check out the full list on the The Daily Beast.

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