Monday, December 13, 2010

Sec. Clinton On The Importance Of Empowering Women and Girls

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to the TED Women Conference recently, and spoke about the importance of empowering women and girls.

Of course, anyone who has followed Clinton's career knows this is an issue that is near and dear to her heart. Clinton has long worked for the empowerment of women and girls. She has highlighted the economic benefits of women and girls receiving a good education, and the impact of women-owned businesses on local economies.

In short, this is an issue about which Hillary Clinton cares passionately and deeply. She has for many, many years. That she showed up at the TED Women Conference should really be no surprise to anyone (though it does make me wonder why she wasn't invited in the first place). Below are Clinton's remarks:

If you would like to read some of Secretary Clinton's remarks, click here.

Doesn't it just warm your heart to hear Hillary Clinton speak on this issue? I know it does mine. Heaven knows, I'd far prefer listening to her on a regular basis than Obama (and honestly, I cannot stand listening to him). But on this issue, one that affects over HALF of the world's population, her dedication to improving the lives of women and girls, thus the men and boys with whom they live, is heartening.

There was one presenter there, though, that was a bit of a surprise for me. Eve Ensler was an invited speaker to the TED Women Conference. Now, I know she wrote the "Vagina Monologues" and all, but she also supported Barack Obama over the far more qualified and experienced woman in the field. And did she ever engage in some major machinations to justify why it was a "feminist" choice to do so. Yeah. Right. The unqualified, inexperienced man with no record upon which to stand over the woman who had spent her entire adult life fighting and working for women and girls, and who actually had a vast amount of experience from her working life, and in the Senate before running. By all means, choose the man whose colleagues at the law school said was lazy, unqualified, and tardy over the woman named as one of the top 100 attorneys in the country - TWICE. Or whose speech on women's rights being human rights was rated as one of the top 100 speeches of the 20th century (and I could go on). Sure, Eve - it was a total "feminist" choice to support Barack over Hillary - NOT.

In any event, Hillary Clinton did what she always does - rise above, and keep her eye on the prize. Her work on behalf of women is what matters to her, and she will continue to fight that fight on our behalf. Thank the goddess for her, and her work. She is the one I want in my corner, and I imagine that is the case for women and girls around the world.

And speaking of work, here is a Spoiler Alert in case you DVR "The Amazing Race" and haven't watched it yet...Since this is about the empowerment of women, I am happy to report that, for the first time in 17 seasons of the race, two women, Nat and Kat, who are medical doctors, won!! And Nat did it with Diabetes, too. Yippee!!!! And, the second team were also women, Brook and Claire, home shopping network hosts. Wow! It's about time. What a race!

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