The Best Advice Ever From Madeleine Albright, Iman, Billie Jean King, and Serena Williams

By Danica Lo

Glamour's 25th Women of the Year Awards featured a heart-stopping moment when six powerful former WOTYs took to the stage, illustrating the growing influence of women in industries and career fields where they were previously under-represented. Each woman was asked to give her best piece of advice to young girls in the audience. Here's what they said.


Madeleine Albright: "A lot of ceilings have been broken — but more have to be broken. I talk for a living, and the most famous thing I ever said was that there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other — but because all the women here are going to help you, we are all going to the other place."

Samantha Power: "Don't try to change the world all at once — know something beforehand. Learn a language, learn how diseases spread, learn a forehand."

Iman: "Diversity in race and gender is not a trend — it's a movement. My advice is find your tribe — collect them, connect with them. Because there is strength in numbers."

Liya Kebede: "I just want to say that at every stage in our lives, we have an opportunity to stand out and use our voice to make a difference in this world. You don't have to wait until you're an adult to see how you can contribute. Make activism part of your life now. If you want to change something, you have to go out and change it because no one else will. We are the ones we've been waiting for."

Billie Jean King: "Don't let anyone define you; you define yourself. Lift up, learn, lean in, and be inclusive."

Serena Williams: "The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble."

Watch Billie Jean King in the video above talk about the moment she realized she would dedicate her life to fighting inequality. Watch her full MAKERS story here

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