Clinton: Helping women succeed is the 'great unfinished business of the 21st century'
November 14th, 2013
11:35 PM ET
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Clinton: Helping women succeed is the 'great unfinished business of the 21st century'

(CNN) - The latest in a series of high-profile honors and speeches, Hillary Clinton said America must set an example on the global stage with women at the forefront of conflict negotiations and in leadership roles.

"Too many women around the world still face ceilings that hold them back from participating fully in every aspect of life, which, in turn, holds back entire societies," the former secretary of state said at an event in Washington on Thursday. "And the great unfinished business of the 21st century is helping women and girls break through those ceilings, once and for all."

"Over and over, in country after country, women have proven themselves a powerful source for peace, even in places where their political power is slight or nonexistent," she said. "They're often the ones who are saying 'to end conflict we need to think about jobs and housing and schools and policing' - all the things we know to be critical to any stable society."

Clinton pointed to women’s' involvement in instances of crucial crisis management throughout history - from protecting civil rights in post-apartheid South Africa to working across ethnic lines to help survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

Clinton was honored for her work in global security and promoting American interests abroad at the event hosted by the National Defense University Foundation. She is widely considered a front-runner for a potential presidential bid in 2016, with outside political group already forming dedicated to electing the former first lady and senator to the Oval office.

Clinton will join Secretary of State John Kerry and former first lady Laura Bush for an event at Georgetown University on Friday focused on sustaining progress for women in Afghanistan after American troops withdraw next year.

"We cannot afford to stand by silently while the hard-won gains of the past decade are squandered and the United States must stand firmly for the rights of all afghans, women, first and foremost," she said.


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  1. Thomas

    Will we have affordable healthcare then ?

    November 15, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. Donna

    Clinton: Helping women succeed is the 'great unfinished business of the 21st century'
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    What total idiocy. What she really means is helping HER succeed. Women are doing fine in succeeding. Look all around us. This is just another left wing concoction to try and gin up division and favoritism. Not to mention it serves HER purpose.

    November 15, 2013 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  3. Tigas

    Fire up the Billary campaign train and time to kick into high gear!
    Bill not only threw Obama under the bus over Obamacare, he held Obama down and told the bus driver to back over him again.
    Hillary is just waiting for the right time to take the wheel and run Obama over again.

    November 15, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  4. Marie MD

    I often wonder why some of these men hate women so much. Does anyone realize that without women there would be no "you" or "you" or "you"?
    What are they afraid of? That we don't need all those muscles to be better than you?

    November 15, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  5. king

    if these repubs thinks they will push Hillery around like they push Obama around with their superior propaganda machine have another thing coming.

    November 15, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  6. A True Conservative

    Why do they need to be "helped" to succeed? Are they incapable of doing this on their own? When will people wake up and see what an incredible insult this is to women and minorities......don't tell this to a number of women that I know....women who are incredibly talented, strong and successful......and they achieved this all by themselves. But then we go back to the distorted thinking of the left...."You didn't build that".....obviously spoken by someone who never did build anything.....but by looking good, reading a mean teleprompter and voting present was elevated by his masters to a high position....

    November 15, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Tea Partiers and conservatives still don't get it. Attracting women voters cannot be a realistic goal when conservative purists are in a recalcitrant state of denial, The same applies to Hispanic voters and the immigration issue.

    November 15, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That's entirely campaign rhetoric, to convince women that Hillary is for THEM!

    That is a LIE!

    Hillary is for herself.......and he political party.......she couldn't care less about women overall.

    November 15, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "What total idiocy. What she really means is helping HER succeed. Women are doing fine in succeeding. Look all around us. This is just another left wing concoction to try and gin up division and favoritism. Not to mention it serves HER purpose."

    It might help to either read the story or understand whom she is speaking of. She clearly states "women around the world". And, yes, in this instance I agree with Hillary.

    In country after country, women aren't "granted" the same freedoms we in America are wont to take for granted.

    November 15, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |