7 Pieces Of Wisdom From Malala Yousafzai, Lady Gaga And The Rest Of Glamour’s 2013 Women Of The Year

“The world is waiting to hear from you. You are the women we are waiting for,” Barbra Streisand told the audience filling Carnegie Hall at last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Her words were just one of many calls to action made on that stage.

The night, which kicked off a campaign by Glamour to support The Malala Fund for girls’ education, honored 12 women including Malala Yousafzai, Lady Gaga, Gabby Giffords, Christy Turlington Burns and Melinda Gates, with introductions from women like Lena Dunham, Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington and Marina Abramovic. (Backstage we witnessed some of the most exciting power-chatting ever. Seeing emcee Seth Meyers crack jokes with Clinton and Katie Couric was certainly something to behold.)

There were moments during the ceremony that gave us chills (a crowd of high school girls yelled, “Thank you, Malala!” from the balcony; a children’s choir from Staten Island introduced Lady Gaga in song), ones that made us very glad we were wearing waterproof mascara (Sandy Hook Elementary teacher Kaitlin Roig-Debellis was joined on stage by nine of the mothers of children she helped save during the shooting last year in Newtown; Mark Kelly pointed out that three of the honorees had been directly impacted by gun violence), and ones that made us laugh out loud (Meyers quipped that the only reason women weren’t hosting the awards show was because they had “much more important things to do” than “light comedy”). Ultimately, it was impossible to leave Carnegie Hall not feeling inspired to do more.

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Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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