Hillary Clinton: ‘When women get ahead, everyone gets ahead’ – USA TODAY
NEW YORK — To make the economy prosper, help women prosper, Hillary Clinton said at a conference Thursday, emphasizing themes she’s likely to invoke frequently in her bid to become the nation’s first female president.
Clinton, who launched her presidential campaign earlier this month, tied the issues of equal pay and paid maternity leave to the nation’s economic growth in her remarks at a conference of, and about, women.
“This isn’t just about women,” she said, noting the prevalence of two-earner families. “When women get ahead, everyone gets ahead.”
If women participated in the workforce at the same rate as men, she said, it would spur a 10% increase in U.S. economic growth by 2030. “Think of what that would mean in terms of rising wages and more opportunities.”
Clinton criticized Republican candidates who want to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood and support deporting illegal immigrants “rather than risk the ire of talk radio” and those who “play politics” with the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general.
“It isn’t leadership, it’s not going to create a single job, raise anyone’s wages or strengthen our families,” she said.
Clinton has appeared every year at the Women In The World Summit in New York since it began in 2010, but this is her first appearance as a presidential candidate. “I wanted to be here regardless of what else I was doing,” she said.
The event, hosted by Tina Brown, provided an appropriate backdrop for what would be a historic first if Clinton wins the presidency. Clinton is expected to take more note of the fact that she could make history — something she seldom mentioned in the 2008 campaign.
The gathering is the biggest audience Clinton has addressed since she announced her campaign for president April 12. Since then, she has held small group discussions with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, in an attempt to be low-key and personal — an effort hampered in part by the large corps of media covering her campaign.
In her remarks Thursday, she offered a personal story in talking about the difficult childhood of her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who went to work as a maid at age 14 and told Clinton how much the kindness and help of others had meant to her.
She also worked in anecdotes from her short time on the campaign trail, citing the example of a woman in Keene, N.H. who returned to work because her Social Security was not enough to live on.
The Women In The World conference provided an appreciative audience on a day when Clinton faced new controversy.
Clinton’s campaign rebutted an article in The New York Times that said the Clintons’ family foundation accepted donations from the chairman of a uranium mining company at the same time that the company was seeking approval from U.S. government agencies, including the State Department run by Clinton, to be acquired by the Russian government. Those donations were not disclosed, according to the report, despite an agreement that the Clinton Foundation would make public its donors.
“Hillary Clinton herself did not participate in the review or direct the (State) Department to take any position on the sale” of the mining company, Uranium One, to the Russian government, campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement published on the website Medium.
Also on Thursday, the Congressional committee investigating the deaths of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, said it has asked Clinton to testify next month about her use of a private email account during her tenure as secretary of State.
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