Happy Independence Day, everyone! In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d highlight a very important, strong, smart lady: Hillary Clinton. I truly admire her and I once walked through the pouring rain to vote for her in the 2008 primaries. People consistently focus on ridiculous things about her (her looks, her hair, her husband, her cleavage) but she just keeps going. She doesn’t let anyone break her. She’s passionate about human rights, specifically women’s rights, which is one of the many great things about her. Here’s a quote from her that I love:
“It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.
It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution.
It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small.
It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war.
It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes.
It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation.
It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.
If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women’s rights – and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.”
-from ‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’ Speech in Beijing, China: September 5th, 1995