She's Doing It: Thank You Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s star turn as Secretary of State exemplifies an important leadership lesson.

Sometimes, you win when you lose. And by putting yourself forward toward a big goal, even if you don’t reach it, you usually accomplish much more than if you had aimed toward a lower goal and achieved it instead. And what a legacy!

Ambassador Swanee Hunt wrote this marvelous analysis. But Clinton summed it up well herself, in this memo sent by the White House shortly after the baton was passed to now former Senator John Kerry.



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Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2013



Presidential Memorandum on Promoting Gender Equality and

Empowering Women and Girls Globally

The Obama Administration has made it clear that advancing the rights of women and girls is critical to the foreign policy of the United States.  This is a matter of national security as much as it is an issue of morality or fairness.  President Obama’s National Security Strategy explicitly recognizes that “countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunity.  When those rights and opportunities are denied, countries lag behind.”

That’s why I’m so pleased about the Presidential Memorandum that President Obama signed yesterday, which institutionalizes an elevated focus on global women’s issues at the State Department and USAID and ensures coordination on these issues across the federal government.  And it is so important that incoming Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his support for the continued elevation of these issues in our foreign policy.

As I have said many times, protecting and advancing the rights of women are critical to solving virtually every challenge we face as individual nations and as a community of nations.  We have made great progress, but there is more to do.  This is the unfinished business of the 21st Century, and it is essential that it remains central to our foreign policy for years to come.

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1 Comment

  1. Aletha on February 22, 2013 at 4:07 am

    I have stewed over whether to comment on the legacy of Hillary Clinton for awhile, but in keeping with my practice of debunking Democratic mythmaking, I have decided to post a link to an article with a different view of her legacy. I am curious if anyone is willing and able to dispute any of this analysis from Ralph Nader.

    Hillary Clinton may be the best qualified woman to lead this country based on her experience, but based on her actual policies and actions? Despite her rhetoric, I think not, far from it. The President has amply demonstrated that just having a President who is not a white man does not necessarily change business or politics as usual. Like Obama, a black man from whom the powers that be have nothing to fear, Clinton is as mainstream as they come.