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Women and Changing the World

"Women don't have to hate men to get ahead," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said. And she should know. "I used to want to be a journalist," said Albright, who was among a score of successful women who...

"Women don't have to hate men to get ahead," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said.

And she should know.

"I used to want to be a journalist," said Albright, who was among a score of successful women who headlined the sixth annual Woman's Conference on Tuesday that drew about 15,000 people to the convention center in Long Beach, Calif. "But when I told my husband's boss what I planned to do, he said, 'Honey, you better find something else to do. So I did." The conference -- participants included broadcast journalists such as Katie Couric, Robin Roberts and Paula Zahn -- was founded by California's first lady, Maria Shriver, and her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Shriver's speech is always one of the highlights of the event, and this year it was especially poignant as she spoke about grief and the deaths last summer of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy.

"I thought I should cancel, but I knew I needed this not just as a moderator but as a participant," she said. "I hope this lets you know you are not alone, and I hope I can move forward."

Action and inspiration were the catch words of the day and the message was loud and clear: Women can be forceful agents of change.
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