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Clinton’s Confirmation Hearing: A Bright Day for Women

Clinton’s Confirmation Hearing: A Bright Day for Women

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.

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5:18PM PST on Jan 25, 2009

congradulations hillary, it think the appointment of you by mr obama was wise, however after watching you run for the Position of chief of staff i feel you would have made a better V.P.'AND FINALL PRESIDENT OF THE US. GODD WORK AND I HOPE IN THE FUTURE YOU MAY DECIDE TO RUN AGAIN.CYNTHIA KLASIC BSN.BSBA.

5:52PM PST on Jan 15, 2009

#1: to Carrie; try to get a copy of the hearings from some source (C-Span) and grasp the optimism that is projected for women worldwide. #2: and in relation to the confirmation hearings, How about that BARBARA BOXER from California?!! For me, their exchange was inspiring and seemed to reflect the foundation of CHANGE so greatly needed. I found it to be an historical snipit of awe and definately optimism for women aroun the world.

7:38PM PST on Jan 14, 2009

Congratulations & warm welcome to Senator Hilary Clinton. A fair majority of Sri Lankans too believe that you have the ability to inspire & achieve the mission of President Obama - "Change, yes we can." Sri Lanka created history by electing the First female Premier & the Executive President of the world. At present we have at least 05 female ministers in our cabinet. Our society mainly consists of Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic/ Christian, Muslim families & the females are well respected & treated with care. Wherever there is disrespect or ill - treatment for women; there has always been Politics, power, Liquor / Drugs or vandalism. I believe if there is adequte control of these evil, females in any part of the world would be respected & cared for. In addition, those who practice the religion they belong to [ as part of their daily life]
also do respect & care for females as their own mothers & sisters. Mr. Bill Clinton too has visited our country on several occasions & is familier with our culture & people. We have great hopes on Senator Hilary Clinton too [as a learned lady of astounding experience & exposure to good governance] that she will address the burning issues of the world keeping abreast of the mission " Change - yes we can".

warm regards,
Sunil Thrimawithana - Sri Lanka.

12:05PM PST on Jan 14, 2009

As long as women actually are the ones who bear the young of our species, and as long as men remain OK with subjugating women, and as long as there is no creche care of young children as in Scandinavia, ain't gonna matter who is Secretary of State. This bigoted country managed to elect a black man over a white woman. Balls beat broads, still. Happy New Year, ladies.

12:03PM PST on Jan 14, 2009

As long as women actually are the ones who bear the young of our species, and as long as men remain OK with subjugating women, and as long as there is no creche care of young children as in Scandinavia, ain't gonna matter who is Secretary of State. This bigoted country managed to elect a black man over a white woman. Balls beat broads, still. Happy New Year, ladies.

7:13AM PST on Jan 14, 2009

Hilary will be a Women to be proud of in our History books. There have been so many that should be there now really is the time for Change.
She would have had my Vote but I think Obama & Michele will makes us proud.

5:46AM PST on Jan 14, 2009

I've been around for quite a while and have seen the increased role women have in the public (and private) sector. but have not seen their pay commeserate with their responsibility. At age 76 I've heard all the reasons why women can never be equal to men in the workforce. "They're hormonal; having babies will keep them from achieving company goals; it's only a second job; thier husbands are the real bread winners. that's why men should be paid more." I've been a union organizer, fought for women's rights especially in the workplace. And today I have been rewarded to see more women in public office; to see men supporting women candidates and women being vocal about what they need and want. Hillary follows in the giant footsteps of other women who have led the way. Unfortunately change comes slowly and requires tenacity. Women must stand up for each other; what affects one of affects us all. You go Hillary! You go gals!

3:40PM PST on Jan 13, 2009

Sadly, pay discrepancy is still an issue indeed. It's up to all of us to right this wrong though. Legislation is moving through Congress right now to address unequal pay based on gender. You can petition your Congressmember on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act by going to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/140340698

2:22PM PST on Jan 13, 2009

Wemons rights what a joke, Wemon are the largest voting group in the united states and we are still paid less than men. I hope she uses some of the wemons righst stuff here at home.

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