President Barack Obama signs a condolence book after addressing State Department employees at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stands at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world. And it seems clear to me that to do that, we have to live our own values and we have to defend our own values. We need to respect each other, empower all our citizens, and find common ground.
As to whether you can be successful and have a passel of kids, she’s indignant. “But I just didn’t have any more children,” she says, “not that I didn’t want any more.” (She and Bill have said they had an appointment with a fertility specialist when Chelsea was conceived.) “Look at Nancy Pelosi! She had five children…. People—especially young women—need to rid their minds of this baggage that has been inherited. Because you can unfortunately caricature anybody: ‘Oh, she’s the woman who never wanted to get married and have children.’ Well, you don’t know what her life is like. Or, ‘She’s the woman who gave up her career and stayed home.’ Well, maybe that’s what she found most fulfilling. We have got to get beyond all of that pigeonholing.
Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me … They want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us…
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talk as they have dinner at the U.S. Chief of Mission Residence in Yangon, December 1, 2011. Clinton and Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, met at a U.S. diplomatic residence and posed for pictures before retiring to have a private dinner on a veranda overlooking a lake, dining on curry and Burmese delicacies.
Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first getting word, via Blackberry, of Gaddafi’s capture. “Wow.”
Anne Marie Slaughter, Clinton’s former policy planning director, said the U.S. was “not helping ourselves in the world at the moment. What’s been on display is the dysfunction of our political system and that really hurts us at a time when the Arab world is calling for democracy,” she said. “We should be advancing our values more strongly than before and instead you have the Chinese chiding us on our inability to get problems solved.” Slaughter, now back at Princeton University, calls this a bumpy time for Clinton to be representing the United States. Some of the administration’s signature aid programs are under threat and so is the effort to beef up America’s diplomatic presence as troops withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. “Peace programs,” she said, “are so much cheaper than military programs, but politically it is very hard to sell.