As women in the world, with our ‘fearless issue’ on newsstands now, the ELLE team finds inspiration in the third annual Women In The World Summit hosted by Newsweek’s online counterpart The Daily Beast this past weekend. Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, the summit saw 2000 women of all ages, races and backgrounds converge at the Lincoln Centre in New York City to engage in debate and discussion with prominent and powerful women, from actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie to International Monetary Fund (IMF) president Christine Lagarde and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who was given a moving tribute by Meryl Streep.

Co-Founder and Member, Young Women for Change Noorjahan Akbar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,  Co-Founder and CSO Uncharted Play, Inc. Julia Silverman, Translator Reena Shrestha, Room to Read Girls’ Education Program Scholar Suma Tharu, Editor in Chief Newsweek & The Daily Beast Tina Brown, and actress Meryl Streep at the Women in the World Summit 2012.

The audience heard inspirational messages from fearless women to encourage women to embrace their role in the world and become involved in finding solutions to challenges faced by women across the globe.

The three-day event also honoured courageous women and girls from around the world who have survived near-impossible circumstances and experiences – including Suma, a young woman who escaped indentured servitude in Nepal, and Dalia Ziada, who was among the women who walked into Tahrir Square in Egypt ahead of men to prevent soldiers shooting at them.

Cohost Diane Von Furstenburg also presented DVF Awards to women of courage including Oprah Winfrey and Jaycee Dugard, the kidnap victim who was rescued after 18 years of captivity in 2009.

Images from The Daily Beast