Excerpt from Meryl Streep's Barnard College Commencement Address on May 18, 2010:
"Never before in the history of our country have most of the advanced degrees been awarded to women, but now they are. Since the dawn of man, it's hardly more than 100 years since we were even allowed into these buildings except to clean them. But soon most of the law and medical degrees will probably also go to women. Around the world, poor women now own property who used to be property. And according to The Economist magazine, for the last two decades, the increase of female employment in the rich world has been the main driving force of growth. Those women have contributed more to global GDP growth than have either new technology or the new giants, India or China. Cracks in the ceiling, cracks in the door, cracks in the Court and on the Senate floor."