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Meryl Streep on Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

Meryl Streep on Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

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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10:00PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing. Great women in their respective jobs.

3:38PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012


4:03AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

For abalanced view one usually has to research.

This is essential in any research of the dichotomy of male/female; masculine/feminine.

Purely mind boggling ...

1:07PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Very fun loving and moving tribute. Thanks for sharing.

9:55PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

It seems that woman hold up MORE than 1/2 the sky.... without women this world not last very long at all.

1:42PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Two outstanding women. Great video. Thanks.

9:49AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Wow, amazing speech. Thanks to Meryl Streep for doing such an eloquent and poignant job of letting us know how much Hillary Clinton has done for the people of the world. Standing ovation for both Streep and Clinton.

2:07AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

9:39PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

I knew I always liked Meryl Streep. Now just one more reason to like her even better.

7:53PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Will - I am happy that you so highly revere our president, as do I. As I mentioned, I did not vote for Hillary because I felt Obama was the better candidate for the presidency. Having said that, she worked tirelessly for healthcare reform when Bill was president. She has committed herself to middle class cause and I don't approve of everything she has advocated for but let's suffice to say, most of what she has worked toward accomplishing is considered a positive by me. I don't have any liking or respect for your own Prime Minister David Cameron but, having said that, it is important to maintain allied relations with all heads of states of allied nations. The fact that you don't like one our own is of little consequence in how those of us who respect Clinton position ourselves. My respect has nothing to do with patriotism itself (although I do consider myself a great patriot) I believe in track records. And if you've got a good one to run on, I'm generally approving. I don't hesitate to speak my mind politically and there are some real pieces of Democratic shit in office that I would love to see outed in the next 2 elections. And, I am one of those fighters who will work hard to see that comes to fruition.

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