In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change. Hilary Clinton
Political views aside, Hillary Clinton day in and day out strives to empower women in a world where they are being oppressed, and to me that screams leadership.
In 1995 Hillary spoke up at the U.N. Fourth World Conference, and despite the resistance she got about her chosen topic, she called out the Chinese Government and their violation of basic human rights based on gender. She shed light on the inequality of an entire country, “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely—and the right to be heard.”
Hillary worked to put an end to gender-based violence, to close the gender wage gap, worked to advance economic participation for women all around the nation, and overall make sure that women are treated as the equals that they are, and that they deserve.
Hillary promoted the Family and Medical Leave Act, started the National Campaign to End Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, advocated the Paycheck Fairness Act, and she co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. She was not promoting the superiority of women in society, but rather attempting to level the sloped playing field because of gender.
Hillary created the first Ambassador-At-Large for global women’s issues to ensure that women near and far have a voice.
Hillary lobbied against sexual assault, maternal and reproductive funding, and for the overall representation of women worldwide.
All of these things have a created a storm of unification by women nationwide and worldwide, coming together on the mere basis of equality. People are motivated to follow her because not only has she voiced her opinions on the equality of women today, but she has taken action. The most important attribute a leader can process is the ability to act on what they feel is right, aside from talking about it.
Her leadership has affected others to speak out on the injustices of society today, rather than staying silent. She has motivated me to go out and fight for what I believe in, and to encourage others to do the same. I no longer accept what I do not think is fair, but instead think of innovative ways to make a change.
Leadership is proactive. Leadership is challenge. Leadership is forward thinking.