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Secretary Clinton To Deliver Keynote Address at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 4, 2011

On November 7, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI’s) 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner. The event will be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, located at 1301 Constitution Ave. Secretary Clinton will be joined by NDI Chairperson and event host former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

The Institute will posthumously honor Geraldine Ferraro, Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke and Charles Manatt with the W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award. NDI will also present its Madeleine K. Albright Grant to Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT), a women’s rights organization in Egypt.

Preceding the dinner, NDI will sponsor a roundtable on the Arab Spring. Panelists from Bahrain, Libya, Egypt and Syria will join former Secretary of State Albright in a discussion that will be moderated by Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Steve Jobs, a new biography. The discussion will be held from 5:00pm-6:15pm at the nearby Pavilion Room at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Reagan Building.

More information about the dinner is available at www.ndi.org.

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic on November 8

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 4, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on the future of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic at approximately 11:00 a.m. at the National Institutes of Health.

The Secretary will outline a vision for turning the tide on HIV/AIDS, drawing on the 30 years of U.S. leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS and recent scientific advances.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks will streamed live on www.state.gov.

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I almost resent, Vice President Bush, your patronizing attitude that you have to teach me about foreign policy.
– Geraldine Ferraro SOURCE: The New Republic

On this last day of Women’s History Month 2011, we sadly put to rest a woman who made American history.  In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro ran for Vice President of the United States.  She was the first woman to do so, and on the campaign trail as well as in the debates she did us proud.  She was brilliant, beautiful, and tough, much like the presidential candidate she chose to support 23 years later.  Hillary Clinton attended Geraldine’s funeral mass at St. Vincent Ferrer Church this morning.  It was a private funeral, but cameras caught her arrival.

Many dignitaries, friends and colleagues of Geraldine’s, attended.  We do not have photos of them all.  I know Nancy Pelosi and Walter Mondale, Geraldine’s 1984 running mate were there, although I have not found their photos.  Below is a slideshow of some familiar faces and the casket entering and leaving the church.  It rained.  My mother used to say that if it rained on the day of your funeral, it was a sign that your soul went straight to heaven.  It rained for my mom.  When we buried my dad, I was apprehensive because it was not raining, but at the cemetery there was a sudden cloudburst, and it rained a deluge.  There was a cloudburst as Celia Cruz’s horse-drawn hearse came within one block of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  And, as you see, today it rained for Gerri.

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We will miss you, Gerri.  Thank you for your service and for all you did for women.  We will never forget you or the history you made.

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I was looking for a picture of Gerri with Hillary, and I found this video which is what I would call the essential Geraldine Ferraro.   She was fierce!  A force to be reckoned with!  I remember this night as if it were yesterday.   This is priceless!  “Don’t antagonize me!”  When Gerri was on the warpath, everybody out of the way!

Here is the picture I found.  I do not know which university this was, but clearly both Gerri and Hillary were being honored.    Two giants of the women’s movement.

Then, when I was posting the link to this at Team Hillary Clinton, I found these! So I swiped them!




I have that Hillary shirt that Gerri is wearing.  I have it in short and long sleeves!  Gerri looks cute in it!

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Statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro

March 26, 2011 | New York, NY | Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton | Statements

“Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind — tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in — a New York icon and a true American original. She was a champion for women and children and for the idea that there should be no limits on what every American can achieve. The daughter of an Italian immigrant family, she rose to become the first woman ever nominated to the national ticket by a major political party. She paved the way for a generation of female leaders and put the first cracks in America’s political glass ceiling. She believed passionately that politics and public service was about making a difference for the people she represented as a congresswoman and Ambassador.

For us, Gerry was above all a friend and companion. From the rough-and-tumble of political campaigns to the important work of international diplomacy, we were honored to have her by our side. She was a tireless voice for human rights and helped lead the American delegation to the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Through it all, she was a loyal friend, trusted confidante, and valued colleague.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry’s husband John, her children and grandchildren, and their entire family.”

Originally posted at The William J. Clinton Foundation website.  Also posted at state.gov under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarks. Somehow, it gives me joy to see that post from the State Department with President Bill Clinton’s name also on it.

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I first read the very sad news of Gerry Ferraro’s passing in a comment thread here.  DiscourseinCsharpminor had posted it.  I will never forget driving to work the day after her VP nomination, how tall I sat behind the wheel of my car, the smile I simply could not suppress, the pride.  It is difficult to accommodate the idea of Gerry and obituary in my mind.  She was so alive, bigger than life.  So honest.  I remember when she withdrew from Hillary’s campaign due to remarks she had made.  She told Hillary, “I’m not helping you.  I’m hurting you.”  She was a great lady.

This is a beautiful testament to her life and work.  When I read it, I thought about that Fordham Law admissions officer’s remark.  Yes, she was serious… very serious.  She took the place of a man, and she sure made a success of it.  Thank you Gerry for your dedicated service, for being an icon for women and girls, for being that smart, beautiful presence out there representing all of us.  You made us proud, and we will always miss you.

 

Geraldine Ferraro Dead at 75

Geraldine A. Ferraro, who earned a place in history in 1984 as the first woman to run on a major party national ticket for vice president, has died.  She was 75-years-old.

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