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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women in the World summit this weekend — attendees included Tina Brown, Madeleine Albright, Meryl Streep, and Nancy Pelosi — and took a moment to address the extremists who target women both abroad and at home. Clinton has gone to bat for women in her role as head of foreign policy for the Obama administration, but it's pretty clear that she's referring to the recent attacks on freedom of choice and access to contraception. Clinton has mostly kept her profile low when it comes to politics in the U.S. for the last three years, so it's a rare treat to see her address such matters so directly and forcefully:
Prior to the speech, Clinton was introduced by Streep, who commended the hard work the Secretary of State has done while the rest of us were busy analyzing her clothing choices and wondering if she hadn't been sleeping enough. She also included an amazing humble brag that I absolutely must share:
“This is what you get when you play a world leader,” said Streep, brandishing her recent Best Actress Oscar. “And this is what you get when you are one,” she said, waving Clinton onto the stage.
Yes Meryl, we know it was a long time coming. You don't have to keep rubbing your award in our faces.