Hillary Clinton ends week with another speech on women's issues

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 7:00am

Hillary Clinton's re-entry into public life continued Friday with another event aimed at spotlighting the plight of women in developing nations.

Speaking at the Women in the World summit at New York's Lincoln Center, Clinton called women's rights the "unfinished business of this century," and vowed to use her platform to advance the position of women worldwide.

"Let's keep fighting for opportunity and dignity," she said. "Let's keep fighting for freedom and equality. Let's keep fighting for full participation, and let's keep telling the world over and over again that yes, women's are human rights and human rights are women's rights once and for all."

The speech closely echoed her remarks Tuesday the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in Washington, which marked one of her first appearances since leaving the State Department in February. The spate of events will continue later this month with paid speaking engagements in Michigan and Texas.

On Thursday, the publisher Simon & Schuster announced Clinton had inked a deal to write a book based on her experience as secretary of state. Widely expected, the memoir will hit bookstores in 2014 ahead of midterm congressional elections.

It all comes amid speculation Clinton will make another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Publically she's remained noncommittal on a run, but her supporters have already shifted into high gear: the super PAC "Ready for Hillary" hired a finance director last week and sent supporters an email from renowned Democratic strategist James Carville Thursday.

At Friday's event in New York, the Hillary fans were out in force, queuing in long lines to get inside. There was some pushing and jostling to get inside the auditorium, which one woman described as "the running of the bulls."

Clinton received two standing ovations during her remarks - once when she took the stage with Tina Brown, the editor of the event's sponsor The Daily Beast, and once when she took the microphone to deliver her speech on women's rights.

"I have always believed that women are not victims," Clinton said. "We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace. All we need is a fighting chance."

While much her remarks centered on women in the developing world, Clinton also made an assessment of the status of women in America.

"We now have American women at the high levels of business, academia, government, you name it. But as we've seen in recent months, we're still asking age old questions of how to make the women's way in male dominated fields."

"For too many American women the opportunity, and the dream of upward mobility -- the American dream -- remains elusive," she said. "That's not the way it's supposed to be." 


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