Hillary Clinton Just Highlighted Something Too Many People Forget About Women's Rights

"Women's issues aren't minor issues."

"Women's rights are human rights," Hillary Clinton declared in one of her most famous speeches as First Lady, delivered at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Sadly, many people still need to be reminded of that truth today.

Clinton delivered yet another powerful speech Wednesday night at the Ms. Foundation's Gloria Awards (named for co-founder Gloria Steinem) in New York City. The former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate voiced concerns shared by many in the United States about the "troubling ideas" that have spread since Donald Trump's election ― including the suggestion women's rights aren't a universal issue.

"For a lot of women, it stung to realize that perhaps our country hadn't come as far as we hoped; that not only are sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia still with us, but they run deep," Clinton said, according to The Huffington Post. "And a lot of troubling ideas have been elevated in the weeks and months that followed, including the ridiculous, insulting notion that we only care about women's rights in certain parts of our country ― not in what some in the press call 'real America.'"


Clinton stressed that people care about issues such as equal pay, child care, and reproductive health everywhere. These are rights important to more than just "liberal elites" on the coasts, she said, as shown by the huge turnout for January's Women's March across the country and around the world.

"Women's issues aren't minor issues," Clinton said. "They're not luxury issues to address after everything else is resolved. They are central to human rights to economies to our national security, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. There is nothing elitist about fighting for women's rights, equality and opportunity."

During the speech, Clinton also addressed the harassment many women face on social media, drawing on jokes about her post-election sightings to send a stern warning to Twitter trolls.

"There are moments when just reading the news or scrolling through Twitter can be so depressing," Clinton admitted. "But I just want all those Twitter trolls out there to know that maybe if you had left us alone, we might have gone out longer in the woods for our walks. But every time you hit those 140 characters, demeaning and denying women's voices and rights, we're coming back at you."

Although we can't blame her for taking some time to herself, it's good to see Clinton "back to being an active citizen and part of the resistance," to borrow her own words from earlier this week.


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