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Following last year’s Glamour Women of the Year events held in Los Angeles, which became a forum for many participants to air their disappointment in the days immediately following the election of Donald Trump, the magazine has announced it will be holding its next live summit Nov. 13 in New York City. The slate of speakers will include author and advocate Chelsea Clinton, actress and LGBT activist Laverne Cox, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins and model Ashley Graham.
Judging from the tone of Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, which was dominated by talk of the sexual abuse claims currently roiling the entertainment industry, there will be plenty to discuss at the Glamour summit, too.
“The whole MO of the summit is to dive deep into all the issues women are engaged with now,” Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Last year, it was this moment, six days after the election, when many young women were startled and there was a lot of sadness and emotion. Now, we’re in an electric moment of activism. And I don’t just mean political activism, I mean activism in the sense of women wanting to take action, being fed up with observing the ways their world or the world could be different and doing something about it.”
The event, to be held at the Brooklyn Museum, will include a conversation between Clinton and Cox on the subject of persistence, and another between actresses Olivia Wilde and DeWanda Wise and Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on the subject of what sexual freedom means now. “It’s all about personal storytelling and connecting with people inside the room and outside the room,” Leive says of the program.
The theme of the conference is “We are all leaders.” “The point we are trying to make…is that you don’t need to be the CEO, the person in the position of power, or have been elected president to have power in your life, your community and in the world,” says Leive. “If any young woman is looking at the state of American or male leadership now, and thinking, ‘Hmm, it’s not going so well,’ there is a whole other generation that believes strongly in their ability to change things and that’s what this day is about.”
The day will culminate in the Women of the Year Awards, now in its 27th year. “We’ve grown the awards from being more homespun to something with a massive social and global footprint that connects women from different walks of life. And now there are Glamour WOTY awards all over the world honoring incredible women of achievement,” adds Leive, who will host the event for the last time after announcing that she is stepping down from her role at the magazine at the end of the year.
“I’m happy to say I’m leaving Women of the Year in a good place,” she says, adding that she is a huge believer in the power of women’s media to continue the conversation even without her.
“What’s going to be important to anybody trying to be part of a real feminism movement now, is that it can’t be in name or hashtag only. Young women are skeptical of using feminism as a label to sell product, so companies need to put substance behind the claims…. Feminism these days has to be inclusive…and it has to be gutsy…. If you search Twitter and the #MeToo hashtag, women are putting it all out there, any media brand has to do the same.”
The summit will also support Glamour’s philanthropic initiative, TheGirlProject, which launched in 2014 and currently supports the secondary-school education of girls in 120 countries.
For more information and to apply for an invitation to attend Women of the Year LIVE, go to GlamourWOTYSummit.com.
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