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Hillary Clinton headlines NY women's conference

By Ken Thomas

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 4:19 p.m. MDT

Clinton also referred to Malala in her speech. "The Taliban miscalculated," she said. "They thought if they silenced Malala, and thank God they didn't, that not only she but her cause would die. Instead, they inspired millions of Pakistanis to finally say, 'Enough is enough.'"

Malala has garnered huge global attention since she was shot in the head in October by Taliban attackers angered by her activism. After undergoing skull reconstruction in Britain, she has now signed a deal to write her memoir.

Jolie gave a poignant rendition of her story. "Here's what they accomplished," she said of Malala's attackers. "They shot her at point blank range in the head — and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger."

After Jolie's introduction, Brown, who created the Women in the World summit, told the audience that Jolie had just committed $200,000 personally to the fund, which was established by the Washington group Vital Voices, with a donation from the Women in the World Foundation.

Streep was there to honor another activist, Inez McCormack of Northern Ireland, who died in January of cancer. At the first summit in 2010, Streep had played McCormack in a short play, called "Seven," with McCormack herself watching from the audience. Streep spoke some lines from the play on Thursday evening in a flawless Irish accent.

And late Friday, Hanks was honoring Nora Ephron, the late writer, filmmaker, journalist and author of his new play on Broadway, "Lucky Guy."

But clearly Clinton was the headliner of the event, with the audience excitement over her potential future plans. As she concluded her speech she told the crowd: "I look forward to being your partner in all the days and years ahead." She didn't, though, say in what capacity.

Online: http://womenintheworld.org/pages/women-in-the-world-summit-2013

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