Holy girl power. This weekend marked the first-ever Women of the World: Stories + Solutions summit
, co-hosted by Tina Brown, editor in chief of The Daily Beast
, Vital Voices Global Partnership, the U.N. Foundation and Diane Von Furstenberg
, and attended by alpha females from far and wide, including Hillary Clinton, Queen Rania of Jordan and Meryl Streep, to name-drop a few.
No, you're not dreaming, but Congress must have been salivating: The women spent the weekend holed up in New York City deciding on a new world order. Well, almost. In a series of talks
that went from dawn to dusk and spanned three days, they tackled everything from sex trafficking and child marriages to the future of girls and technology. Imagine the progress that could have been made if they traded their power suits for PJs and stayed for a sleepover.
But seriously, the most amazing part may be that, so far, post-event buzz has included nary a mention of a buzz-killing filibuster, misappropriation of money or an illicit love child
stemming from a tryst with the event's videographer. That alone is refreshing.
The goal of the event, said Brown, was female economic empowerment
, but we say, why stop there? In fact, just hearing about the concept shifted our imagination into overdrive: Imagine a land without self-important senators more intent on keeping power than making progress, White House podiums helmed by more than a handful of women, and laws getting passed that actually make us feel hopeful about the future, rather than enmeshed in a politically embattled present.
In that sense, this weekend could be just a beginning. If the Women of the World were to establish themselves as a political party, we'd fly that flag. Especially since, with DVF on board, we're sure they'd pick a cuter mascot than a pachyderm ... or an ass.