Amal Clooney was the keynote speaker at the Texas Conference for Women on Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2016), according to People. During the Q&A portion of the talk, the human rights lawyer was asked whom she admires most. Her answer? (No, not her husband George Clooney.) Her mother.
“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,” Clooney said of her mother, journalist Baria Alamuddin. “She never lost her femininity and she believed the balance was important and that is something that has stuck with me.”
Clooney also told a story about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor being one of her greatest inspirations. Not only was the justice “incredible to watch in action in court,” when Clooney was a junior lawyer, but was a lovely person as well. “I was the most junior and irrelevant person in her chamber… and she was very charming and very balanced.”
Clooney closed her speech on an inspiring note, reminding the audience of the bond of shared experience that all women have. “The worst thing we can do as women is not stand up for each other… Because if we are united, there is no limit to what we can do.”