Glamour’s Women of The Year Live Summit Focused on Politics, Persistence and Participation

Members of the Biden, Bush and Clinton families took the stage

Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive interviews Dr. Jill Biden and former Vice President Joe Biden as part of 2017's Women of the Year summit. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Glamour
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Glamour’s second annual Women of the Year live summit, held at the Brooklyn Museum on Monday, featured panels, speeches and conversations pertinent to women’s lives in 2017.

It started with a discussion of persistence and personal perseverance with Chelsea Clinton and Laverne Cox, who shared their thoughts on the need for optimism and the importance it can have for your overall outlook.

“Optimism is a moral choice,” said Clinton, quoting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

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Clinton also talked about moving into the White House at the age of 12 and how she was raised with the expectation of participation. She’d help her parents hold mock debates in preparation for the real ones which taught her “what politics is and what politics should be.”

Cox’s current focus on spirituality and taking a look at the bigger picture beyond today’s political divisiveness has helped her discover that men “have to be involved in dismantling the patriarchy.”

“They have to be a part of this and think differently in terms of the culture and power around ending violence,” she said.

Other former White House residents spoke during the event. Twins Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush were on hand to promote their new book Sisters First. In the memoir, they take turns recounting their experience growing up as daughters and granddaughters of presidents and strong women.

“We were disappointed in how women were portrayed in the media in the past year,” Bush said. “We wanted to remind people how lucky they are to have incredible women in their life.”

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Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive led a conversation with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill that centered on Biden’s new book, Promise Me, Dad, about the life and death of his son Beau and his decision not to run for office in 2016.

Asked how he’s staying fulfilled outside of politics, Biden said his positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware have included sessions on who he “would have given cabinet positions” to.

Biden condemned the torrent of men recently accused of sexual harassment and shot down the idea they behaved that way because of the era in which they were raised.

“Give me a break,” he said.

The daylong event also included major announcements from brands that centered on inclusivity and the celebration of all kinds of women. Barbie revealed its first doll to wear a hijab, modeled after Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Aerie broke the news that Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman will be joining its team of role models.

@samimain Sami Main is social editor for Adweek, where she posts Adweek content onto social platforms and looks for creative ways to communicate what's new.