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April 9th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

Hillary, Oprah, Angelina celebrate 4th annual Women in the World Summit

It's fitting that last week's 4th annual Women in the World summit featured women running it. Oprah. Angelina. Hillary.

They were at Manhattan's Lincoln Center to honor women working in the trenches - from those fighting for basic rights in their countries, like choosing to enter the workforce over being forced to stay at home, to women who see themselves as their country's first female president, whether they say it out loud or not (we're talking to you, Hillary).

It was a collision of people from all walks of life and an explosion of ideas that made us all in the audience want to do something too to change the world's inequities. But with so many creative juices flowing, actress America Ferrera jokes that it's so easy to vow you'll to be a driver of change, you forget days later what it was you had in mind.

Amidst it all, you realize that we all have something in common. At some point in our lives - whether you're Oprah or Hillary - we all started out with a blank slate and it's up to us to fill it. Here's how some women in the world are filling theirs.

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