Hillary Clinton, sitting and facing the camera: Hello, Makers. I know you have an incredible three days ahead, and I can't wait to see the exciting work you produce.By way of reminder, "women's vital roles" is something that has been at the center of Clinton's work for many years, and she has repeatedly spoken about how empowering women is the key to peacekeeping around the globe.
I'm proud to be a Maker, and to support Maker's mission: To share women's stories and celebrate women's vital roles in the past, present, and future of our country.
Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that, yes, the future is female!
Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month, as women organized to march, that galvanized millions of people all over our country and across the world.
September 2009: "I have advocated for many years that women are the key to progress and prosperity around the world. I believe that. ...There are people who say, well, women's issues is an important issue, but it doesn't rank up there with the Middle East or Iran's nuclear threat or Afghanistan and Pakistan. I could not disagree more. I think women are key to our being able to resolve all of those difficult conflicts, as well as provide for a better future."
November 2009: "The most extraordinary day of the entire trip was a testament to this very idea, what Clinton calls 'smart power,' and it is something she is very passionate about: that the micro-economies of the poor are deeply important, and when the so-called soft issues—violence against women, food safety and agriculture, sustainable development—are not tended to, the result is chaos, instability, conflict, and war."
October 2010: "Women's participation in [peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building] is not a 'nice thing to do.' It's not as though we are doing a favor for ourselves and them by including women in the work of peace. This is a necessary global security imperative. Including women in the work of peace advances our national security interests, promotes political stability, economic growth, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Just as in the economic sphere, we cannot exclude the talents of half the population, neither when it comes to matters of life and death can we afford to ignore, marginalize, and dismiss the very direct contributions that women can and have made."
Just a few examples of her longheld belief in women's empowerment. No other U.S. politician has so passionately and eloquently tried to address women's oppression as a source of instability and warfare, nor women's empowerment as the key to stability and peace. None.
Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for believing in women.