"By 2015, we will see the end of genital cutting in Senegal," he predicted.
The conference came to a more lighthearted end with Streep, who spoke humorously of the similarities she shared with Clinton.
They're roughly the same age, she said. They both have two brothers. They both had spirited, big-hearted mothers. They both went to women's colleges and then to graduate school at Yale.
"But there our two paths diverged in the wood," Streep noted, concluding that "I'm an actress, and she's the real deal."
Clinton arrived to deliver a call to arms for women around the world to get involved in effecting change. But not before expressing relief that there was one movie Streep had never made.
"I'm just glad she didn't do a movie called 'The Devil Wears Pantsuits,'" Clinton quipped.
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