This is a multi-post….
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It is to alert you to the new NoCeilings project from the CLINTON FOUNDATION. More below.
And it’s to toot our own horn and say: Remember in the spring, when I wrote about Hillary and the 2016-buzz. and that if she gets herself a real job, she’s prob not running for office (read: White House take over and history making). But if she simply joins bill at the clinton foundation, it’s a pretty clear sign she’s going to run.
well – she’s squarely at the family foundation. and using it to promote her own issues (hear hear) and *not* setting up shop independently. so – announce already madame secretary.
Ok, back to the #NoCeilings
No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is an effort led by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Foundation to bring together partner organizations to evaluate and share the progress women and girls have made in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. This new effort will help chart the path forward to accelerate full participation for women and girls in the 21st century. The full participation of women and girls is critical to global progress, development, and security.
This will be exciting to follow!
I am not alone in linking this to 2016. WashPost Blog:
Of course, no move that Clinton makes can be viewed outside the speculation about her 2016 plans. And the title she has chosen for this work evokes the best line of the best speech of her 2008 presidential campaign—the one in which she dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination and threw her support to Barack Obama.
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” Clinton said then. “And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.”
The project will be framed around the 20th anniversary in 2015 of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, at which the then-first lady memorably said that “women’s rights are human rights.”
Also, linking it – literally (the website links to a separate blog post about Hillary’s 1995 Beijing Speech) – to Hillary’s seminal remarks that “women’s rights are human rights” is playing to Hillary’s strength, and statesmanship (she really was the Boss in Beijing)
By now, i only worry that this is going to be a time of hyper-correction. You know, when children learn to speak they hyper-correct, meaning they over-do it. Hillary’s failed Presidential Campaign was widely criticised for NOT talking about women’s rights and not letting her appeal openly to the female voters. Right now it looks like ALL her campaign (because yes, she’s campaigning) is doing is talking about women.
Yes, it’s tricky. too much is over the top, and too little is not enough. So here’s to hoping they’ll find the balance soon. I actually really want to hear what she thinks about Syria (when she’s not nicely backing Obama to be a good sport when the leaks show she wanted intervention last year, and the President vetoed it) or Iran and their nuclear ambitions. Or what about China? and the debt ceiling….