It’s about time someone started focusing on women’s rights, at home and abroad, and it looks like Hillary Clinton is just the woman for the job. On her 11-day trip to Africa, Hill first gave the smackdown to a guy who oddly asked her what Bill thought of something. Then, according to the Washington Post, she went to oodles of women’s dinners and mentioned women a ton of times in each of her speeches. Clinton is different than other Secretaries of State because she wants to “elevate people who, in their societies, may not even be known by their own leaders.” And she proved that she’s not just talking the talk—in fact, she spent twice as long in a housing project in South Africa as she did with the country’s president.But it’s not going to be easy to make big changes abroad. Although Clinton has a bunch of networks of feminist activists, Africa’s governments have been institutionally sexist for a long time and it’s going to be hard to change the misogyny that is so deeply rooted in this society. There’s a lot of violence and rape in this area, particularly in eastern Congo. Clinton is trying to get the Congolese president to offer $17 million in funding for rape victims, but who knows if he’ll comply.
Sadly, Hillary is facing opposition in the U.S., too. Some are criticizing her for focusing on women instead of broader issues like terrorism and nukes. Hillary’s women-oriented policy could make her appear sexist or as though she’s pandering. She has made some progress, though. This year, Congress appropriated $250 million for women’s aid programs in Afghanistan.
Tell us what you think! Is Hillary focusing on women at the expense of more important issues or is it about time someone gave us attention?