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Hillary Aims for the Global Glass Ceiling

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Posted on Aug 17, 2009
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Hillary Clinton meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential run thrived on her appeal to women. Now the secretary of state wants to give something back to the finer sex—and not just in America. Women’s rights will top her agenda everywhere she goes, and, in order to elevate them, everywhere she goes she’ll meet with women who “may not even be known by their own leaders,” she explains to The Washington Post. 

She’s really something, that Hillary. Hey, if you like it, then you shoulda put some votes on it.  —PS

Washington Post:

But her efforts go beyond the marble halls of government and show how she is redefining the role of secretary of state. Her trips are packed with town hall meetings and visits to micro-credit projects and women’s dinners. Ever the politician, she is using her star power to boost women who could be her allies.

“It’s just a constant effort to elevate people who, in their societies, may not even be known by their own leaders,” Clinton said in an interview. “My coming gives them a platform, which then gives us the chance to try and change the priorities of the governments.”

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By tropicgirl, August 18, 2009 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

I have a suggestion for Hillary and all those who are running around Africa and the Middle East shouting, “women’s rights!”.

Really, Hillary? You really care?

How about this for a plan? You stop KILLING innocent women, children, brothers, fathers, parents, babies in these areas?

How about you stop drone bombing in which young American men kill people they do not even know, with no accuracy, from continents away?

How about you stop using white phosphorus to burn babies to death. (Yes the US DID that in Iraq)?

How about you stop locking up these women’s husbands in little boxes in huge American built prisons? What gives you the right to do this?

How about not torturing these women and their husbands and prosecuting those who did?

How about not sanctioning food and other needed supplies so that children and women do not become sick and “hunger challenged”?

You are a very inadequate example of someone who believes in women’s rights. Your war and death policies do not help women, they kill them and destroy their lives. Forever. You don’t really care about them. Your version of women’s liberation is fatally flawed. Real suffragettes were ALWAYS against war. Another Clinton perversion.

So don’t call yourself a woman’s liberationist. Your policies are ruining their lives forever.

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By Anarcissie, August 18, 2009 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

As long as human societies are stratified and hierarchical, there will be glass and other sorts of ceilings, if not for women, then for some other category of persons; and new ones will grow as older ones are dismantled because they are a natural consequence of the hierarchical social order.

That is because there is no substitute for freedom and equality.  The ability of states to provide these things, or even leave them alone, is very limited, because the basic principle of the state is that some should have power over others and should use as much force as is necessary to secure that power.

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