Hillary Clinton is proving that she didn’t have to become President to nab the spotlight. The Secretary of State won a “Global Trailblazer” award at last night’s 2009 Global Leadership Awards.
The Vital Voices Global Partnership handed out a variety of awards to women leaders from all over the world, including Somaly Mam (Cambodia), Sadiqa Basiri Saleem (Afghanistan),Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu (Democratic Republic of Congo) and
Temituokpe Esisi (Nigeria).
But all eyes were on (a badly dressed) Hillary Clinton, who received a video tribute and a two-minute standing
ovation for her efforts to promote women’s rights. Other A-Listers joining Clinton at the Kennedy Center included Sally Fields, Maria Bello, Candice Bergen, Diane von Furstenberg, Nicholas Kristof, Maggie Grace and the lone soldier, Ben Affleck.
The humanitarian actor also garnered a round of applause from the audience – and not just for his good looks. It seems Jen Garner‘s
influence has sprouted his inner feminist. “As along as violence
against women–sexual or otherwise–remains strictly and exclusively a
‘women’s issue’ it will always be an issue,” Ben said. “We men must
own this and we must recognize that it is vital to our own survival and
we must help our brothers see it as such.” Here, here!
Gallery Info: Hilary Clinton, Ben Affleck, Maria Bello, Chouchio Namegabe-Nabintu, Marceline Kongolo-Bice, Sally Field, Temituokpe Esisi, Maggie Grace, Somaly Mam, Diane von Furstenberg, Sadiqa Basiri Saleem and Candice Bergen at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards Ceremony.