"Women’s rights are human rights." More than two decades after Hillary Clinton uttered those words, women and men echo them with defiance and grace. Indeed, on International Women's Day, Hillary's call went out around the world.
In 1995, Hillary Clinton spoke before the United Nations Fourth Women’s Conference held in Beijing, China, and boldly declared, “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” It is unlikely she could have known then the tremendous impact her speech would have.
Yet, more than two decades later, people around the world echoed Clinton’s famous words and the sentiment she expressed in recognition of International Women’s Day.
From the Women’s March and participants in IWD marches:
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
— Paige Pfleger (@PaigePfleger) March 8, 2017
From Democratic Representative Barbara Lee and other Democratic lawmakers:
— Splinter (@splinter_news) March 8, 2017
— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) March 8, 2017
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) March 8, 2017
— Rep. Stacey Plaskett (@StaceyPlaskett) March 8, 2017
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) March 8, 2017
— Senator Joe Boncore (@joeboncore) March 8, 2017
Women & girls worldwide are still denied education, equal rights & autonomy over health. On #IWD2017 we say: women’s rights are human rights
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 8, 2017
On #DayWithoutWomen, I raise my voice in solidarity as we repeat rallying cry: Women’s rights are human rights.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 9, 2017
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 8, 2017
— NARAL (@NARAL) March 8, 2017
From the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres:
— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 8, 2017
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 7, 2017
— United Nations (@UN) January 21, 2017
For her part, Clinton spoke out on the messaging app SnapChat, saying: “Stand up. Resist. Run for office.”
May those words be a prescient as her words twenty years ago.