Today is the day! Senator Hillary Clinton is standing for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A new, brighter day for women is dawning.
A minute-by-minute overview of the live confirmation hearing can be found on Washingtonpost.com. And journalist Glenn Kessler couldn’t have summed up the significance of Senator Clinton’s confirmation as Secretary of State to women around the world:
Clinton has a long section on the poor in the world–the 2 billion who earn less than $2 a day–especially the plight of women and girls. “The United States must remain an unambiguous and unequivocal voice in support of women’s rights in every country, every region, on every continent,” she says. Clinton also notes that Obama’s mother was a pioneer in microfinance in Indonesia, and “we will be honored to carry on Ann Dunham’s work in the months and years ahead.”
These brief quotes do not do justice to the passion and emotion that Clinton brought to this section. And she emphasizes that Obama cares as much about this, and that the plight of the poor is “not marginal to our foreign policy but integral to accomplishing our goals.”
For this writer and feminist, I can truly say that after eight long years, it a truly wonderful feeling to be proud of our politicians again.