Whether you agree with her politics or not, you can’t deny that US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton is making a difference in our world. She is not the first female US Secretary of State, but she has done some things during the last two years that are worthy of admiration. Here are just three:
(1) She insisted that the U.S. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report include reporting on our country’s own progress in combating human trafficking (or not). Including information about US efforts to address modern slavery has brought a new level of integrity to the TIP Report–which makes it easier for the US to be a better role model on this particular issue.
(2) Secretary Clinton oversees the Office of Global Women’s Issues, a division of the US State Department working for the political, social and economic empowerment of women around the world. For the first time the Office is led by an ambassador at large (Melanne Verveer) to draw attention to issues affecting women and girls and their impact on global peace and security.
(3) The Secretary’s International Fund for Women and Girls establishes private partnerships and funding to provide grants to non-government organizations working to meet the needs of women and girls across the globe.
On December 8, Secretary of State Clinton made some remarks at the TED Women Conference in Washington, DC. In her speech, she drew the connection between women’s empowerment and international security. She spoke about how small investments in girls can reap big benefits for the world. When powerful women speak, sometimes the world actually listens. To read the text of her recent speech, click here: