Being Hillary: Hero Abroad, Punching Bag at Home
This article was originally published by Newsweek.
It’s been 20 years since first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took the podium in Beijing and gave a historic speech defining women’s rights as human rights. She said rape, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and infant gender-selection practices were human rights violations that could no longer be considered local customs or crimes but deserved the attention of the world.
“I’ve traveled in 60 countries, and she is really seen as the hope for women worldwide,” says philanthropist, former ambassador to Austria and longtime Hillary supporter Swanee Hunt. “It’s not just certainly that she’s a woman. It’s that as a woman she brings a certain perspective, and they have never seen that perspective, that compassion and that rigor for policy. They have never seen that in a potential leader of a superpower.”
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