There has probably never been service like it! About 40 women congregated Friday night in the cozy wooden chalet restaurant of the Davos Golf Club and heard Queen Rania of Jordan, Sarah Brown (as in wife of Gordon, Prime Minister of Britain), Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, Wendi Murdoch, the rock star Annie Lennox and the ‘best dressed woman at Davos,’ the former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, make powerful appeals for concerted action to cut down maternal mortality. Among those listening: Cherie Booth (as in wife of Tony Blair, Gordon’s predecessor), Ann Veneman of UNICEF and leaders of charities like Oxfam and Save the Children.

But perhaps the greatest surprise of all was… the waiters. First, Bono served salad. Some while later, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Google touted mineral water. And, to top it all, Rupert Murdoch arrived with a bottle of Absolut vodka in hand, pouring out a hefty shot for Ms. Lennox.

On a more serious note, the women dining vowed not only to act to raise concern about women dying in childbirth. They also voiced indignation at the still relatively weak showing of women at the World Economic Forum — 17 percent of the delegates, according to Ms. Booth. Several of the scores of panels have featured no women.

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