MAKING HISTORY: Hillary Clinton Makes Unforgettable Speech at the UN
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS. Since today also happens to be International Women's Day, we are highlighting Hillary Clinton's unforgettable 1995 speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.
Convened in Beijing with 189 participating countries, the Fourth World Conference on Women focused on the advancement and empowerment of women worldwide. Clinton, then First Lady of the United States, not only spoke on celebrating women but also took a firm stance on the need to shine an international spotlight on women's issues, inspired by the work of international rights activist and MAKER Charlotte Bunch.
Seventeen years later, the power of her words still rings true:
"Let it be that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all."
These words have also resonated strongly in her work, having since become the first First Lady to serve as both a Senator and Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, she pushed to make human and women's rights a cornerstone of United States foreign policy and has inspired many women and men to follow her lead.