What I Learned at the 2019 Women in the World Summit

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Women in the World Summit about a week, and although I wasn’t able to attend all of the sessions – the ones I did attend were so amazing and inspirational. It’s very rare that you get to hear from people that you’ve admired since you were a little girl, but let’s just say I was able to check this goal off of my list.

I attended the first night of the summit, where I got to hear so many different view points from amazing women around the world. When I first got there, the panel on “Saudi’s War on Women”. This panel discussion was about the imprisonment, surveillance and censorship that Saudi Arabia’s women continue to fight and speak out against. I’m really glad they did – because it opened my eyes to things I didn’t know about. The speakers included Safa Al-Ahmad, Filmmaker and Journalist, as well as Manal Al-Sharif, Author and Women’s Rights Activist. Alex Gibney, Founder and President, Jigsaw Productions, did such a great job moderating the panel and helping the ladies shed light on their battles in Saudi.

The next panel discussion was entitled “The Superhero We Deserve” with Actress and Director, Star of Captain Marvel, Brie Larson – moderated by Radhika Jones, Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair. I listened as Brie Larson discussed her issues in the man dominated industry, and how she felt the media lack diversity. Sometimes we get wrapped up in thinking that the world will evolve on its own, but we forget that in order to make an impact, we have to be willing to spark the change in our society. After this panel, I felt so compelled to not just speak on the issues, but act on it and continuously educate anyone who is willing to learn.

Hearing all of these stories reminded me of why I started to begin with.

I enjoy hearing stories, and giving others the platform the share their stories with my audience (which is probably the reason why I love doing my podcast so much). Everyone has a different perspective, and every perspective deserves to be heard.

Oprah ending that night of the summit really helped everything come full circle. She recited Maya Angelou, and spoke about the obstacles women have overcome just for us to be where we are today. She helped me realized that though we’ve come a long way, the journey doesn’t stop here. It’s up to all of us to pave the way for the next generation of women. It’s up to us to keep making strides until we are truly liberated.

Thank you so much to Her Campus and Women in the World for allowing me the opportunity to see these phenomenal women speak! It will be a memory that I will never forget.

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