Hillary Clinton is a Champion for Women and Girls
Hillary Clinton believes that issues that affect women’s lives are not just “women’s issues”—they are family issues, they are economic issues, and they are crucial to our future competitiveness. She has been a champion for women and girls her entire career:
- After graduating from law school, Hillary worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, where she helped expand access to education for children with disabilities.
- As First Lady of Arkansas, she helped start the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
- As First Lady of the United States, Hillary led the U.S delegation to the U.N Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where she proclaimed that “women’s rights are human rights.” She also advocated for the Family and Medical Leave Act, and successfully worked to expand Head Start.
- As Senator from New York, she championed the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the pay gap between women and men once and for all. She cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help achieve equal pay and close the wage gap. Hillary also fought for legislation to guarantee paid sick leave and she called for expanding paid parental leave for all federal employees. Additionally, Clinton co-sponsored the Family And Medical Leave Expansion Act twice and in 2007 she announced a paid family leave plan.
- As Secretary of State, Hillary made women’s rights a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. She created the now-permanent position of ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. She also advanced women’s economic empowerment and spearheaded public-private partnerships to improve the status of women and girls across the world.
As President, Clinton will build on her record of fighting for women. She knows that, although our country has taken tremendous strides when it comes to expanding opportunities for women, there is much more to achieve. As President she will:
- Work to close the pay gap.
- Fight for guaranteed paid family leave.
- Make quality, affordable childcare a reality for families.
- Increase the minimum wage.
- Defend and enhance Social Security.
- Protect women’s health and reproductive health.
- Confront violence against women.
- Promote women’s rights around the globe.
Many have praised Hillary’s strong record and vision for women and girls:
- Malala Yousafzai said: “Hillary Clinton is a symbol of strength for women across the world.”
- Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation said: “She is one of the greatest advocates, worldwide, for increasing the position of women, the status of women, in all areas.”
- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos tweeted:“I'm proud to be a woman for Hillary because she's a proven fighter for economic equality”
- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tweeted: “In 1995, I stood in Beijing with @HillaryClinton as she made the case for women's equality. 20 years later, the work continues.” She also tweeted: “@HillaryClinton will lift us all up. Proud to be part of WomenforHillary”
- Congresswoman Jeanne Shaheen tweeted: “Today, I officially endorsed @HillaryClinton at #NHWomen4Hillary kick off!”
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said: “Secretary Clinton Is A Global Leader Committed To Advancing The Reproductive Health And Rights Of Women And Girls Worldwide.”
She has been endorsed by key women’s groups, including:
- Planned Parenthood: “We're proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights. This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood. Health care for an entire generation is at stake.”
- NARAL President: “Hillary has what it takes to fight Republican attacks on women's reproductive rights, and has the vision and experience to ensure women and families thrive.”
- EMILY’s List President: “Hillary Clinton is a lifelong champion for women and families and the most qualified candidate to be president. With roots in the middle class, Hillary’s top priority is changing the economic reality for American families. Her focus is on strengthening the middle class, creating jobs, and making sure hardworking families get a fair shot. No one will work harder than Hillary.”
…And here’s what some members of the press have to say about her record:
- Newsweek: Hillary Clinton “Turned The Job” Of Secretary Of State “Into What May Well Be The Role Of Her Lifetime: Advocate In Chief For Women Worldwide.”
- Christian Science Monitor: “No Secretary Of State Has Sought To Make Women As High A Priority As Clinton Is Attempting. It’s A Potentially Powerful Shift.”
- The Guardian: Madeleine Bunting: Hillary Clinton Was Instrumental In Passing U.N. Resolutions To “Put Real Teeth” Into Combatting Sexual Violence. In a column titled “Clinton is proving that a feminist foreign policy is possible – and works,” Guardian columnist and associate editor Madeleine Bunting wrote, “Perhaps her greatest success so far has been to highlight sexual violence as a weapon of war….”