The annual event was launched in 2010, by Tina Brown, a British-born former editor in chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, Newsweek and the Daily Beast. It offers influential women from around the world to share their stories and offer solutions to provide a better life for women and girls in today’s society.
This year, many topics have been covered from domestic violence, sexism in politics, sport and mental health to name a few. Many females have travelled to the Lincoln Centre in New York City including MP Mhairi Black, the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Malala Yousafzai S.St, as well as powerful figures in fashion such as supermodels Cara Delevingne and Chantelle Winnie.
The conference has identified women of impact within the world today, creating role models for young girls and women. They come from a varying range of disciplines and ages, with one of the youngest being thirteen-year-old Mo’one Davies, a pitcher that has become the first girl to win a game at the Little League World Series last summer.
The New York Times are in association with the conference, commenting on the various speakers throughout.
Theresa May, the current Home Secretary spoke to Tina Brown in London and said: “I feel that one of the challenges for women in politics, in the world of business everywhere, is to be ourselves. To be able to say ‘You know what? You can be clever and you can like clothes. You can have a career and you can love clothes.’” Potentially highlighting on the current atmosphere surrounding politicians and the way they dress. She further commented that her blue dress was seen as a “power dress”. The full interview can be found below.
Nicole Kidman also spoke at the event and commented on her latest acting role, playing scientist Rosalind Franklin, in the play Photograph 51. She said: “I felt that there was an injustice and I wanted to be part of, if not righting it then at least putting her back into the dialogue beyond the scientific community.” Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at university and in careers is also a big issue being contested in the scientific world at the moment. You can see the full interview below.
More information can be found on the Women in the World Conference on the New York Times website and on their various social media channels.