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Two of Secretary Clinton’s signature issues,  women and technology,  dovetail to receive the State Department green light with this amazing expedition!

Women’s Technology Delegation Travels to Liberia and Sierra Leone

Media Note

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 25, 2011

Eight leading women innovators and entrepreneurs will travel to Liberia and Sierra Leone as part of a women’s technology delegation coordinated and led by the Department of State. The delegation will travel to Liberia from Sunday, February 27th to March 2nd and to Sierra Leone from March 2nd to March 4th. This will be the one of the best reviews of technology delegation to travel on behalf of the State Department and to travel to West Africa. While in West Africa, the group will explore how technology can increase opportunities for women and girls.

The delegation includes a mix of private sector, academia, civil society, and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. During their visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone, they will focus on advancing Secretary Clinton’s mWomen initiative, which seeks to increase the number of mobile phones in the hands of women and girls. Through a series of site visits and meetings, the delegation will build partnerships and brainstorm ideas that can allow women and girls to better network and communicate and provide better access to education, health care, and economic opportunities through access to technology and tech-based tools.

Liberia and Sierra Leone both have challenges facing women and girls. Both post conflict countries are recently emerging from wars with prevalent gender-based violence. Liberia and Sierra Leone are now positioned to lead change and build better futures for women and girls, particularly with Liberia having the first female President in Africa. This delegation travels at a critical time when technology can make transformative advances as these countries grow.

Secretary Clinton has embraced technology and innovation in our foreign policy through 21st Century Statecraft. This approach is rooted in the idea that just as connection technologies have changed our economic, social, and cultural lives – they should also change the way we implement U.S. diplomacy and development.

You can follow the delegation’s travels by following them on Twitter using #mwomen and #womenstechdel.

 

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This comes as no surprise at all to me.  It is nice to have the validation of a survey. They blew the header, though.  The initial word should have been HUGE.

Majority of Professional Women Choose Hillary Clinton as Elected Woman Most Admired in Recent Survey

When 222 professional women were asked in a recent survey, “What woman in elected public office do you most admire?” Hillary Clinton is listed as the “most admired” of elected women leaders.

Temple, TX (PRWEB) February 19, 2011

Hillary Clinton is the “most admired” of elected women leaders in a recent survey conducted by Dr. Wendy Flint, Founder and CEO of Workplace Leaders Online. When 222 professional women were asked in an open-ended question, “What woman in elected public office do you most admire?” 45 % of those who answered said, “Hillary Clinton.” Sarah Palin came in second with 12%, Condoleezza Rice (though not an elected official) was third with 8%, and Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi tied with 4% each (27% chose others).

YES!  I choose her!  I did, and I still do!

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I am posting this a day late, but better late than never.

Day of the Women of the Americas

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 18, 2010

On this Day of the Women of the Americas, I am proud to honor the women of the hemisphere who are working every day to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their societies. Unfortunately, in too many parts of our hemisphere and beyond, women are still denied rights, deprived of dignity and marginalized in the political, social, and economic spheres. The Organization of American States has designated 2010 as the Inter-American Year of Women, making this an important opportunity to redouble our efforts to ensure that women are accorded equal rights, opportunities and respect. Empowering women is a high-yield investment that results in stronger economies, more vibrant societies, healthier communities, and greater peace and stability.

The United States is working with partners across the Americas to create economic opportunity for women, advance educational opportunities, and increase public awareness, among both men and women, of the obstacles that still stand in the way of progress. In particular, we are committed to combating the scourge of violence against women in all its forms. We support efforts to increase legal and judicial protections and health sector capacity to respond to sexual and gender-based violence. And we are strengthening our fight to curb human trafficking.

The women of our hemisphere have a tremendous resource in the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM). Established at the Sixth International Conference of American States on February 18, 1928, CIM has been the principal Inter-American forum for generating hemispheric policies to advance women’s rights and gender equality. Currently under U.S. leadership, CIM is hard at work to promote public policies in the member states that contribute to ending violence against women, increasing their political participation, and achieving economic prosperity, among other priorities.

Efforts to empower women across the Americas have gained new urgency in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which left so many homeless and in need. In the first hours after the disaster, Haitian women played a vital role in distributing emergency assistance and securing lifelines for shattered communities. In the difficult days of rebuilding that lie ahead, their determination and hard work will be crucial to Haiti’s rebirth. As we celebrate this Day of the Women of the Americas, let us reaffirm our solidarity with the women of Haiti and their families.

And let us recommit ourselves across the Americas and the world to the cause of empowering women and supporting their efforts to build a brighter future for us all.

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