Hillary Clinton rallies for girls in school, women in office

Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:16pm EDT
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By Lisa Anderson

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world has made strides in advancing equality for women, but the pace of change remains too slow in many areas, Hillary Clinton said, pressing the need to improve girls' education.

"Based on where we were 20 years ago, we've made a lot of progress, but in terms of economic participation, political participation and peace and security we haven't made as much, said the former U.S. Secretary of State.

Clinton spoke on Wednesday at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in a session highlighting projections indicating that women will not comprise half of the world's elected representatives until 2065 or half its leaders until 2134.

Clinton, widely seen as a potential contender for the U.S. presidency in 2016, said a key obstacle to women's equality is a lack of parity in education.

"We know when girls have equal opportunities to primary and secondary school, cycles of poverty are broken, economies grow, glass ceilings are cracked and potential unleashed," she said at CGI, an annual forum for world leaders to discuss solutions to local and international problems.

She announced the launch of an initiative by the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, called the Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls' Education (CHARGE).

More than 30 CHARGE partners pledged nearly $600 million over the next five years to benefit 14 million girls, keep them enrolled, ensure school safety, improve the quality of education, and help them transition from school to work or higher education.


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks on stage during the plenary session titled "Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 Instead of 2134?" at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New York, September 24, 2014.    REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton