Secretary Clinton, a lifelong champion of women’s empowerment, delivered a message for International Women’s Day yesterday. In it, she said:
Today, the United States is making women a cornerstone of foreign policy because we think it’s the right thing to do, but we also believe it’s the smart thing to do as well. Investing in the potential of the world’s women and girls is one of the surest ways to achieve global economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for women — and men — the world over.
So on this International Women’s Day, let us rededicate ourselves to advancing and protecting the rights of women and girls, and to join together to ensure that no one is left behind in the 21st century.
An Urdu version of her message is here.
Above, Clinton poses with women owners of small business on March 4 in San José, Costa Rica.