Oprah Winfrey believes women can save the world, but not before first helping themselves.
As the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Women in the World Summit, the former talk-show host delivered this kernel of wisdom: “Save yourself, and then offer what you know to save your family, and then your community, and then your world.”
The 65-year-old star, who opened with a snippet of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech added, “It is your job to make yourself whole. Not perfect, but whole and full. Your world work in life — your real work — is to fill yourself till your cup runneth over so that you’re never grasping and needy, clamoring and insecure, but if you can live your life assured in your worthiness and your right to be here and to become the best version of yourself as a woman being.”
She furthered that women have been helping the world since the dawn of time.
“We women people, we are used to saving other folks,” she said. “We’ve been doing it a very long time and we need to first and foremost honor the sacred time of saving ourselves because that is where our greatest power lies … and when we fulfill the task of actually making ourselves whole, we’re set up to fully express what we know to now negotiate, differentiate, placate, facilitate, demonstrate, delegate, and on a really good day, it helps us carve our 20 minutes to meditate.”
Answering the summit’s central question, “Can women save the world?” Oprah believes women already are.
“We are there for our aging parents, we are there for divorcing friends and scary teenagers, we’re good listeners and we are badasses, and above all, we show up,” she chanted. “Can women save the world? I say we’ve been doing exactly that.”
The “Wrinkle in Time” actress, 65, was in good company for the event, hosted by Tina Brown, with Brie Larson, Radhika Jones, Ashley Judd, Stacey Abrams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Anna Wintour, Brooke Baldwin and Bryan Cranston scheduled to appear.
The three-day event of panel discussions aims to “to confront society’s most pressing issues; from human rights violations to climate change, social media misinformation to reproductive rights, and how to solve these problems, as women, together,” according to a news release.
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