Women in the World is an annual summit launched in 2010 by Tina Brown, the British-born former editor in chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, Newsweek and The Daily Beast and author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of the Princess of Wales. First held at New York’s Hudson Theater, the summit now takes place at Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater, convening women leaders, activists and political change-makers from around the world to share their stories, and offer solutions to building a better life for women and girls. Former ABC news producer Kyle Gibson is senior executive producer and managing editor of the event.
The inaugural summit, which took place from March 12-14, 2010, included appearances by HRH Queen Rania of Jordan, Meryl Streep, Valerie Jarrett, Christine Lagarde, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine K. Albright, Nora Ephron, and Katie Couric. At the second summit, held from March 10-12, 2011, participants included President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Diane Von Furstenberg, Melinda Gates, Ashley Judd and more.
The three-day summit moved to Manhattan’s Lincoln Center in 2012 and was attended from March 8-10 by more than 2,500 women. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Madeleine K. Albright, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, Dalia Ziada, Meryl Streep, Nancy Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Zainab Salbi, Christiane Amanpour, Amy Chua, Tzipi Livni, and Sheryl Sandberg were featured in the program.
Women in the World expanded outside of the U.S. in 2012, with a summit held in São Paulo, Brazil, co-hosted by Tina Brown, Diane von Furstenberg, Nizan Guanaes, Gloria Maria, Juliana Azevedo and Vânia Somavilla featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Major Priscilla de Oliveira Azevedo, Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes, Xuxa, Claudia Lago, Raquel Barros da Silva, and Dalia Ziada.
The fourth annual summit, held April 4-5, 2013, featured participants Hillary Rodham Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Susan Rice, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Garry Kasparov, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Michaela DePrince, Tom Hanks, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and a video presentation from Malala Yousafzai.
Beginning with the 2012 summit, Toyota and Women in the World partnered to share inspiring stories of resourceful female innovators with the “Mothers of Invention” series. Honorees each received a $50,000 grant from Toyota. In 2012, the honorees included: Asenath Andrews of the Catherine Ferguson Academy, Talia Leman of RandomKid.org, and Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman of sOccket. In 2013, honorees included Kavita M. Shukla of FreshPaper, Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts of Girltank, and Caitria and Morgan O’Neill of Recovers.org. In January 2014, Toyota and Women in the World announced Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, co-founders of the LuminAid, as the first of three 2014 Mothers of Invention honorees.