Last month at The Women in the World Summit, Meryl Streep delivered a rousing tribute to U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, which seemed to make even the consummate actress and orator a little nervous and tongue-tied.
Streep struck home the point that while the world has been busy “judging [Hillary], assessing her hair, her jackets, supporting her, worrying about her – is she getting enough sleep?” our Madame Secretary has been “busy working, doing it, making those words ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ into something every leader in every country now knows is a linchpin of American policy.”
Streep also reminded the audience:
“…it is not a simple job to be a role model. It is not just being endlessly compassionate, polite, and well-groomed. It’s equal parts being who you actually are and what people hope you will be. It’s representing, for all women, our very best selves. It’s an enormous burden to be placed upon any sweetly rounded shoulders. But that’s what we ask of her.”
And she thanked Hillary for “her willingness to take it all on – the hostility and the sniping and the special scrutiny and the heavy artillery.”