Hillary Clinton ends week with another speech on women's issues
April 5th, 2013
11:13 AM ET
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Hillary Clinton ends week with another speech on women's issues

New York (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's re-entry into public life continued Friday with another event aimed at spotlighting the plight of women in developing nations.

Speaking at the Women in the World summit at New York's Lincoln Center, Clinton called women's rights the "unfinished business of this century," and vowed to use her platform to advance the position of women worldwide.

"Let's keep fighting for opportunity and dignity," she said. "Let's keep fighting for freedom and equality. Let's keep fighting for full participation, and let's keep telling the world over and over again that yes, women's are human rights and human rights are women's rights once and for all."

The speech closely echoed her remarks Tuesday the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in Washington, which marked one of her first appearances since leaving the State Department in February. The spate of events will continue later this month with paid speaking engagements in Michigan and Texas.

On Thursday, the publisher Simon & Schuster announced Clinton had inked a deal to write a book based on her experience as secretary of state. Widely expected, the memoir will hit bookstores in 2014 ahead of midterm congressional elections.

It all comes amid speculation Clinton will make another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Publicaly she's remained noncommittal on a run, but her supporters have already shifted into high gear: the super PAC "Ready for Hillary" hired a finance director last week and sent supporters an email from renowned Democratic strategist James Carville Thursday.

At Friday's event in New York, the Hillary fans were out in force, queuing in long lines to get inside. There was some pushing and jostling to get inside the auditorium, which one woman described as "the running of the bulls."

Clinton received two standing ovations during her remarks – once when she took the stage with Tina Brown, the editor of the event's sponsor The Daily Beast, and once when she took the microphone to deliver her speech on women's rights.

"I have always believed that women are not victims," Clinton said. "We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace. All we need is a fighting chance."

While much her remarks centered on women in the developing world, Clinton also made an assessment of the status of women in America.

"We now have American women at the high levels of business, academia, government, you name it. But as we've seen in recent months, we're still asking age old questions of how to make the women's way in male dominated fields."

"For too many American women the opportunity, and the dream of upward mobility - the American dream - remains elusive," she said. "That's not the way it's supposed to be."


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. California Conservative

    Hillary would be paying women's male counterparts in the White House more like Obama is.

    April 5, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm convinced. She's running!

    April 5, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. just askin

    Hillary Clinton's re-entry into public life continued Friday with another event aimed at spotlighting the plight of women in developing nations.
    --------

    so how is abandoning afghanistan to the taliban going to help the women of afghanistan? what is her stance on obama's surrender of afghanistan and its affect on the women and children?

    April 5, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Richard Long

    Poor Biden, he thought 2016 would be his year...

    April 5, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm perfectly fine with Hillary running around the country giving speeches. She succeeds in making GOPers look as silly as only she can do.

    April 5, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Gregory M. Newbold

    Mrs. Clinton -

    Because you will be approaching 70 in 2016, any return path to the Whitehouse must include a "board of directors" that is in their 40`s & 50`s. Previously, the old foogies have been condescending and patronizing of younger leaders. Don`t make that mistake Hillary.

    If you have to run against Rubio/ Ryan/ Jindal/ Haley in 2016 you will need to show that your team is stacked with their contemporaries AND that they are in INFLUENTIAL positions that can`t be ignored. This goes well beyond picking a capable successor like Schwitzer, O`Malley, or Kamala Harris as your VEEP. Avoid the Palin-Syndrome and respect younger leaders to have the BEST CHANCE to win.

    April 5, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. n222s

    A lot of this is lip service. To paraphrase an earlier post; we talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk about women's rights all over the world but in a lot of countries they are treated like chattel or are forced prostitute themselves just to survive.

    I realize that world politics are what they are and you can't call "bad" nations out directly without angering them. However, don't lecture anyone in this country regarding pay rates or free birth control or such if you are fearful of offending people who treat women llike slaves. It is easy to condemn others if there is no cost to you personally or if it gives you an advantage. When Hillary comes out and calls out nations, leaders and religions by name is when I'll take seriously such rubbish spouting from her mouth.

    April 5, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Ya know........men are in this country also........and the tendency for politicians to want to use women to further their political aspirations, is becoming offensive.

    April 5, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "the tendency for politicians to want to use women to further their political aspirations, is becoming offensive."

    Translation: "I'm really mad that people keep pointing out why the GOP/Teatroll platform should offend and alienate women voters. We should be allowed trick women with impunity."

    April 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. just askin

    when is she going to come clean on benghazi? when is she going to take responsibility for the deaths of her employees? her incompetence cost those people their lives.

    April 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Bill

    Meanwhile, Rinse Prius is out there calling Democrats baby killers. The GOP, a party on cusp of extinction.

    April 5, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Anthony in California

    @just askin
    so how is abandoning afghanistan to the taliban going to help the women of afghanistan? what is her stance on obama's surrender of afghanistan and its affect on the women and children?

    @Rick McDaniel
    Ya know........men are in this country also........and the tendency for politicians to want to use women to further their political aspirations, is becoming offensive.

    Did you fail to realize Hillary IS a woman? With Political aspirations... what is offensive about that? Is she using her "womanhood" to further her career? Or are you just upset Republicans have alienated women with their abortion stance, choice of female leaders, and rape comments?

    April 5, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Name lynn

    mrs clinton what are you up to, because the people know you are. All these speeches you making to the public.

    April 5, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. edc3

    Rick McDaniel: Welcome to the club of being offended at every turn. Why should men escape a club they so willingly and expertly handled since the beginning of time?

    April 5, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. PJ

    "Ya know..............men are in this country also.............and the tendency for politicians to want to use women to
    further their political aspiarations, is becoming offensive".
    --
    True, I have been "offended" by Sarah Palin and the knuckle-dragging fools who follow her around for a very
    long time. She is a user of the worst kind, and you "men" just can't get enough.
    Hillary Clinton will not allow herself to be used, nor does she need to use anybody. She has earned the
    respect she gets because she is very smart, hard working, and cares about others.

    April 5, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. lottie

    if Hillary runs I will vote for her. She is better than all the repo candidates put together and probably has more experience too. She is also a lot smarter than any of the idiots the repos are courting now. She will be just as sharp at 70 as the repos at 40.

    April 5, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. w l jones

    It time!

    April 5, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    I just wanna see the look on the GOPers/Teatrolls' faces when they realize they're going to have to call someone "President Clinton" for 4 (or maybe even 8) years all over again.

    April 5, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Where do I send in my contribution for her presidential campaign? HIllary for President 2016!

    April 5, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. freedom

    She is one of the worst spokespersons for women's issues – on any level. She married a man just to get where she is – couldn't do it on her own merit? She stayed with an adulterer (who happened to be president) to stay where she is. She worked under the current president – who repeatedly threw her under the bus – and demonized her during the campaign – so she could be where she is. She has accomplished nothing without using men in positions of power – and she lies, constantly. And she was totally negligent in the Benghazi travesty as Sec of State. A total opportunist, and self-serving, callous woman.

    April 5, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |