WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The first TEDWomen conference came to a close this evening with a party at the new building for the United States Institute of Peace, which will officially open in two months. The second and final day of the conference was full of surprises and inspiring speakers. These highlights are only from the first half of the day, ending when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew a raucous standing ovation by surprising everybody by taking twenty minutes from her busy schedule to deliver a moving speech about how she considers women's issues important to national security. Madeleine Albright would later echo these comments from the same stage. TED has not yet released photos from the second half of the day, when a Palestinian slam poet moved the audience to tears and Eve Ensler, the playwright behind The Vagina Monologues, closed the day.

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