By  on March 11, 2013

NEW YORK — Undeterred by Friday’s snowstorm, Christy Turlington Burns, Susan Sarandon and Alexandra Richards were among the 200-plus women who joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s wife, Ban Soon-taek, in the first “March on March 8.”

After the half-mile walk from the United Nations to Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, supporters huddled under umbrellas as they listened to speakers. Even the Secretary-General made a surprise appearance on stage. The crowd also cheered when Sarandon read a transcript of a video message from Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who nearly died after being shot by the Taliban for her belief that girls deserve the right to an education.

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