Oprah Urges Women to “Rock the Boat” and Save the World in a Rousing Speech

Hours after Oprah and the British royals announced that she and Prince Harry are teaming up to release a multi-part documentary about mental health on Apple’s new streaming service in 2020, the O of O inspired us with an unforgettable appearance at Tina Brown’s 10th annual Women in the World Summit in New York City.

Held at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, Oprah served as the keynote speaker for day one of a three-day festival that—hosted by Brown, the former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief and award-winning journalist—brings powerful women such as Stacey Abrams, Brie Larson, and NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison together.

In her address, Oprah specifically answered the question at the center of the summit: Can women save the world? And boy, did she deliver an answer. Across the minutes-long speech, the O of O brought the room to a standing ovation with a chills-inducing speech about the power of women. She opened with words from Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” and also explained how she once told Nelson Mandela that the reason she decided to open a girls’ school in South Africa is to promise young women a bright future to become leaders.

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Posted on April 11, 2019 at 9:43 am

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