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Vital Voices!

Last night we were inspired at the Kennedy Center at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, honoring those helping women around the world.

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Joe Biden gave a touching speech on why he supports women's equality, saying his little sister has always been a best friend he could look up to. We snapped him flanked by ANNpower Fellows Erin McCarthy andNeha Reddy.

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In a special tribute--and her first speech since leaving the State Dept--Hillary Clinton said shes had a long-time mutual admiration and inspiration society with Vital Voices co-founder Melanne Verveer, whom she'd named States first US Ambassador-at-large for women's issues.

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We snapped Melanne at the post-awards buffetreception flanked by Georgetown Dean of Students Eve Grimaldi and by Georgetown Visitation'sMarie Therese Kane and Mona Gizaw.

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Over15 years, Vital Voices has helped14,000 women in 144 countries. Here, NatureServe's Alexandra Sanchez, M Luis Construction's Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis-Akbar, Pakistans Ambassador At-Large Ray Mahmood, former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, and Williams & Connolly's Laurie Fulton.

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Vital Voices prez Alyse Nelson said she's happy there were more young women this year: they filled the Grand Tier of the Opera House. We snapped her with More Magazine editor Lesley Seymour and publisher Sabine Feldman.