Amal Clooney has worked with many inspiring people, including her philanthropist husband George Clooney — but there are also others she truly admires.
Attending a Q&A at the Texas Conference for Women, Clooney revealed: “I think growing up my mother was definitely a role model, she was always a working woman and someone who is independent and cared about her career and cared about being independent but also had balance.”
Her mother, Baria, was a prominent journalist: “She never lost her femininity and she believed the balance was important and that is something that stuck with me.”
The human rights attorney also named associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: “When I was a junior lawyer she was incredible to watch in action in court, how she had so many cases in her head and firing questions at these lawyers standing before her. But then also on the personal side, [she] was just lovely and I was the most junior and irrelevant person in her chamber… and she was very charming and very balanced.”
During her keynote speech, Clooney discussed her 23-year-old client Nadia Murad — a political refugee who escaped life as an ISIS sex slave: “I am advocating for the United Nations Security Council to do more to prosecute [ISIS]. I am addressing the security council next month.”
And in her closing statements, the 38-year-old advocate reminded the audience how powerful women can be together: “As women, there is a bond that we all share. It’s a bond of shared experience. Experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face. The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other. And this is something that we can practice everyday no matter where we are or what we do. Because if we are united, there is no limit to what we can do.”
Clooney was a keynote speaker at the conference on Tuesday.