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Hillary Clinton at the TEDWomen Conference

December 8, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during Session 4: Duets, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at TEDWomen

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From Forbes:

To much applause, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a surprise speaker on the TEDWomen stage this afternoon. Dressed in gray jacket and slacks, she said with a broad smile, “If TEDWoman is in D.C., I have to be part of this.”

“I know there’s been controversy whether there should be a TEDWoman conference…or not,” she said. “The right decision was made. We still have so much to talk about. What we need to do is widen the circle of opportunity to women and girls.”

“We can already see power of women and girls as agents of change,” she continued. “I have made it clear as secretary of state that the roles and rights of women will be a central tenet of American foreign policy. Where girls and women flourish, our values are also protected.”

Women’s and girl’s rights are “a prosperity issue and a peace issue,” she continued. “That is why we need to integrate women’s issues into discussions at the highest level. Not just because I have a personal commitment or President Obama does, but because it is in the vital interests of the U.S.”

“Send a girl to school even just for one year and her income dramatically increases for life and her children more likely to survive and her family will be healthier. Give women equal rights and entire nations are secure. The subjugation of women is a threat to the common security of our world and national security of our country.”

Clinton also acknowledged the passing of Elizabth Edwards. “She would appreciate this event. We’ve lost a voice and a very active blogger who was willing to put herself on the line time and time again.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Tovah permalink
    December 8, 2010 6:24 pm

    Thanks Stacy.

    I got a little worried when I didn’t see a post all day.

    • Thain permalink
      December 8, 2010 6:54 pm

      Yeah, me too. There’s tons of news in the middle east but some complainers who rarely take part in the discussions here anyway have taken issue with stacy’s mideast coverage. So now we get what? Transcripts? I can get those on the state dept. website. I specifically come here for the commentary and discussion in the comments.

  2. pondskipper permalink
    December 8, 2010 7:30 pm

    Sorry to sound dumb but what is TEDWomen? I could find TED in Wiki so is this a female only version? And if so why.

    • December 8, 2010 8:33 pm

      I think that is a reasonable question. I’ve been familiar with TED; they have a great reputation and get some passionate people to give very interesting talks. But, of course, women participate in those, too. So why a separate TEDWomen? I don’t know.

      And for all those commenting on Israeli/Palestinian coverage on this blog, I really like Stacy’s coverage. She goes beyond the headlines. For instance, I wouldn’t have know about the Hamas statement in recognition of Israel recently if not for this blog…

      • Thain permalink
        December 9, 2010 8:04 am

        @SA- yeah, I think that’s why some people take issue with the coverage- it forces them to leave their talking points behind and actually learn something. That Hamas article was played down in the US media and we still have people running around and commenting that “if only the Palestinians would recognize Israel’s right to exist!” Honestly, how do you debate someone who doesn’t know anything about what’s gone on and what’s currently going on. They’d rather just hear Iran fear-mongering and AIPAC talking points.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    December 8, 2010 8:04 pm

    What an adorable picture, if I may gush!

  4. PCFS permalink
    December 8, 2010 9:52 pm

    She is adorable. I so agree Carolyn. Stacy thanks so much for posting.

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