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Hillary Rodham Clinton

b 26 October 1947

US Secretary of State (2009 - ), former Senator (2001-2009) and First Lady (1993-2001).

 

Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights.

Speech at Beijing, 5 September 1995

 

It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls. It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution. It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small. It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war. It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes. It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation. It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will. If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women's rights - and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely - and the right to be heard.

Speech at Beijing, 5 September 1995

 

Where human lives hang in the balance, we must do what we can to tilt that balance toward a better future.

Speech at Georgetown, 14 December 2009

 

I will fight against the division politics of revenge and retribution. If you put me to work for you, I will work to lift people up, not put them down.

 

There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.

Speech, 11 July 1997

 

You can either be an actor in your own life, or a reactor in somebody else's.

 

In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls.

 

I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard.

 

The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation

 

I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.

 

Like it or not, women are always subject to criticism if they show too much feeling in public.

 

If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.

 

Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward.

 

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