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Kate Parkinson-Morgan

Older women are my heroes. I'm envious of their knowledge — the beautiful, rich kind of knowing that only unfurls with time, patience and experience.

For example, here is a thing that NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg knows: how to explain the complexities of the U.S. legal system in an engaging, thoughtful way. When some people think of the Supreme Court, they hear Nina's voice in their head.

Girls may not run the world — yet — but they dominated the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park Saturday night.

Pope Francis set the stage, cruising through the park less than 24 hours earlier for his U.S. visit, but it was Beyoncé, activist Malala Yousafzai and First Lady Michelle Obama who stole the show.