June 4th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama in Cairo: Women's rights

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, long an advocate for women's rights on the world stage, looked on Thursday as the president spoke in Egypt.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, long an advocate for women's rights on the world stage, looked on Thursday as the president spoke in Egypt.

CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) - "I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality," President Obama said.

"Now, let me be clear: Issues of women's equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, we've seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world."


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