Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the keynote address at the Women in the World Summit in New York City. In her first public speech since announcing her campaign for president, Clinton spoke about the struggles of women and girls to achieve equal rights and had strong words for her critics and political opponents. The speech was reminiscent of her famous “women’s rights are human rights” speech in 1995.
In her address, she criticized the delay of the appointment of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General and then, without naming names, she began calling out political opponents saying, “There are those who offer themselves as leaders … who see nothing wrong with denying women equal pay, who offer themselves as leaders who would de-fund the country’s leading provider of family planning and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender. There are those who offer themselves as leaders who would deport mothers working to give their children a better life, rather than risk the ire of talk radio.”
Clinton concluded by saying that there was still much work to be done in the realm of equal rights in the United States and around the world. But she expressed her optimism that equal rights can be achieved.