“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Margaret Thatcher
Speculation that Hillary Clinton may run for President in 2016 was brought to light when she addressed the Women in the World summit in New York. America’s former First Lady and Secretary of State was consistently interrupted by cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. At the Summit she was joined by celebrity household names such as Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and Eva Longoria to bring women together from around the globe to acknowledge and recognize women’s rights activists in developing nations.
During Clinton’s speech, she stressed a plethora of issues women face around the world. She spoke of Malala, the 15 year old Pakistani activist who was attacked by the Taliban and of a woman in Delhi, India who was gang raped and murdered. Towards the end of her speech, she brought the issues home, declaring “The fact is that for too many American women, opportunity and the dream of upward mobility-the American Dream-remains elusive.” She went on to say, “In places around America, large and small, the clock is turning back.” Clinton continued, “If America is going to lead the way we expect ourselves to lead, we need to empower women here at home to participate fully in our economy and our society, we need to make equal pay a reality.”
Mrs. Clinton chose to expand on the War on Women rhetoric that was popular during the 2012 Presidential campaign, which was quick to monopolize women voters to promote blame over responsibility. In 1963, the Equal Pay Act was inducted into law, making it illegal for employers to determine pay based upon gender. Since the law was enacted, the gender wage gap has continued to close. Earlier this month the Wall Street Journal reported on a new study from Andreas Liebbrandt from Monash University and John List from the University of Chicago, expressed negotiation of salary might have more to do with the gender wage gap than ever believed. The article stated: ‘They found that when the issue of salary remained ambiguous, male applicants were far more likely to negotiate than women. However, when it was explicit that the salary for the position could be negotiated, women ‘really follow the rules,’ Mr. List said. ‘When they’re told they can negotiate, they negotiate like mad. The female job applicants tended to shy away from job openings where rules on salary negotiation were ambiguous, while their male counterparts ‘embraced it,’ Mr. List said.” The fact that Clinton attempted to spread doubt among women at a conference by implying the clock on gender equality is turning back in America is nothing more than a fallacy.
Hillary Clinton has a big podium and a loud voice. She might want to consider using her platform to motivate women by discussing the freedoms and opportunities that are only available to women in this country and how they have full access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Free will and liberty is granted to select few outside of our borders. Those who work tirelessly, refuse to be victimized, take responsibility for their place in life, achieve success. Unfortunately Hillary has chosen to follow in Obama’s footsteps of preaching to American women about the fictitious war being waged against them. Until these ‘War on Women” type antics favored by Clinton and Obama cease, women empowerment will not be reached.
There is an abundance of women within our great nation who choose not to be victimized by self-declared role models such as Hillary Clinton. We don’t want to be labeled as suffering or needing to be further empowered. We are empowered thanks to those pioneers who came before us who had to overcome significant hurdles for gender equality. Today, we have a voice. We have the freedom to succeed. Determination and good old American hard work is what it takes to get there. Ladies, keep doing what you are doing. Keep striving to accomplish great things. You’re doing a great job!
It is distasteful to use such a podium as Clinton did to spread propaganda that American women are powerless to achieve the American Dream. But, as all seasoned politicians know, one should never waste an opportunity to have the spotlight on their own agenda. It is very clear that it was the beginning of many campaign speeches for Hillary. While 2016 may seem a world away, one thing we’ve all learned from our Commander in Chief is that it’s never too early to start campaigning or use scare tactics to gain supporters. After all, it worked twice, right?
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Published at The Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/article/hillary-clinton-the-campaign-trail-begins?cid=rss