If you wanted a reminder about what Hillary Clinton means to women — all women — you got one in the movie “Game Change” when Sarah Palin reminded a conservative crowd about Clinton smashing the ‘glass ceiling’ in the 2008 election.
In a virtuoso speech to the Women In The World convention, Meryl Streep laid out just why women should hail Hillary.
“This is what you get when you play a world leader,” Streep said, showing off the Oscar she won last month for The Iron Lady.
“But this,” Streep continued, gesturing toward Clinton backstage, “is what you get when you are one.”
Streep’s fantastic speech, a great example of how to do public speaking, starts off with her joking about her jacket — and how women are judged on such things — and comparing herself to Clinton.
They both came from the middle class, attended women’s colleges and had strong mothers, but then they diverged:
“I was a cheerleader, Hillary was a head of student government. I was the lead in all three musicals; I’m told that Hillary should never be encouraged to sing,” Streep says.
Then Streep runs through the women who have told of how Hillary has directly changed their lives – protected their lives in many instances.
I’m alive because she came to my village, put her arm around me, and had a photograph taken together. I’m alive because she went on our local TV and talked about my work, and now they’re afraid to kill me. I’m alive because she came to my country and she talked to our leaders, because I heard her speak, because I read about her. I’m here today because of that, because of those stories.
Streep talks about Clinton’s work as Secretary of State, how she has changed how the department behaves, how it makes assessments of countries:
A fertility rate tells us whether the country can feed, educate, and employ its citizens, and this had never been a priority before.
Such metrics were not even at the back of the mind before Clinton.
When officials would tend to pay more attention to counting tanks and troops and courting the tribal elders, they didn’t really focus on babies or listen closely to their mothers. They didn’t look that specifically at women’s health, education, or employment statistics.
Watch — it’s worth it:
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