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U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vows to "keep fighting for equal pay for equal work" for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vows to “keep fighting for equal pay for equal work” for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

This really matters to me

When Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and 97 other brave women and men signed their names to the Declaration of Sentiments in Seneca Falls 167 years ago today, they sparked a movement that altered the course of history.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” they wrote, “that all men and women are created equal.” All men and women — incredible how just two words could change millions of lives.

We cannot forget the heroes who went to jail and even died to give women the right to vote, earn and keep wages, own property, serve in the military, and hold elected office. We owe it to our daughters and granddaughters to continue the march of progress in America and around the world.

I’ve been fighting for these ideals for my entire career — and I want to take that fight all the way to the White House. Will you stand with me?

We must keep fighting for equal pay, especially for women of color, who often lose out the most. We must fight for equal access to good jobs, good health care, and good child care, for the rights of women to make our own reproductive health decisions, and to make sure that every little girl in America can be anything she wants when she grows up — even President of the United States.

The full participation of women and girls in our society is more than an issue of fairness; it’s also a smart way to grow our economy. When women aren’t paid fairly, families lose out on thousands of dollars every year that could go toward paying for groceries or rent, saving for retirement, or sending a child to college. When we fight for equality, we fight for a better future for all of our children.

Sign your name to declare your support for equality and pledge to redouble our efforts to finish the work that began in Seneca Falls:


Thank you,



167 years ago, pioneers in Seneca Falls began the fight for women’s equality. Add your name:

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167 years ago: The Seneca Falls Convention paved the way for women’s equality. It’s up to us to make it a reality for all. -H


The journey toward women’s equality began 167 years ago in Seneca Falls, NY. Today, we must write its future.

Hillary is fighting right beside us. Give her the ammo she needs in the battle. Please donate as you can. Thank you.



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Amen to this headline, ! Hope to see more voices speaking out. –H

In this March 21, 2015 pool photo, made available Monday, March 23, 2015, nuns present Pope Francis with gifts during a meeting with prelates in Naples' Cathedral, Italy. Pope Francis made an impassioned defense of the unemployed during a speech to people in the poor Neapolitan neighborhood of Scampia Saturday. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

Pope Francis calls for equal pay for women

Pope Francis weighed in on the equal-pay issue on Wednesday, calling continued inequality in pay for women who do the same work as men a “pure scandal.”

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Protecting pregnant women from discrimination shouldn’t be a fight, should be as American as apple pie. More to do:

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…2) Playing politics with trafficking victims… 3) Threatening women’s health & rights.

Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years…

Mme. Secretary, respectfully, time to reactivate the Facebook account (forget about MySpace) when 140 characters are not enough.

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Hillary spoke yesterday at the ‘Women and Girls Rising’ conference at the Ford Foundation in New York.  The event was sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute and Hillary’s former speech writer Lissa Muscatine acted as moderator.

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You probably are familiar with the No Ceilings Full Participation Project that Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are running through the Clinton Foundation.  Chelsea would like feedback from you.  She has sent out this survey and would like your participation.



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In 1995 the world came together and called for “the full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social, and cultural life.” Nearly 20 years later, not a single country has achieved this goal, not even the United States.

As many of you know, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project at the Clinton Foundation, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, has started gathering information and data on the status of women and girls around the world. Our goal is to use data to understand the gains and gaps women have made in achieving full participation over the last 20 years.

While data is critical to our project, your stories and experiences are also essential to understanding the challenges we face. We created the No Ceilings Survey to help us understand what women and girls are experiencing in their own communities and countries.

Take the No Ceilings Survey.

Data combined with and your voices and opinions will help inform a 21st century policy agenda to advance the full participation of women and girls globally. In order to understand where we need to go, we must understand how far we have come and the challenges that women and girls still face around the world today. I know that together we can break through the remaining ceilings that limit the full potential of women and girls and I hope you will lend your voice to this project. Thanks for your consideration.

Take the No Ceilings Survey.

Thank you,

Chelsea Clinton


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Why Education Matters

The kidnapping of over 300 teenage girls at Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria has captivated attention and headlines across the world, inspiring outrage, compassion, and calls to action.  The girls were taken by Boko Haram, whose very name declares that education is sinful.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the girls, their families and those working to bring them home safely.

These devastating acts reflect a much larger problem – girls are being targeted and threatened with violence, kidnapping and more just for seeking an education.

That’s why the global community must stay committed to helping protect and promote girls’ education around the world so that every girl has the opportunity to live up to her full potential.

The numbers tell a hopeful story about progress in girls’ access to education over the past two decades.   Here are some important facts and statistics about girls’ education in Nigeria and across the globe, and why protecting schools like Chibok is vital to girls, women, and the world.

FACTS: Why Education Matters

  1. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2013 shows that where the gender gap is closest to being closed in a range of areas—including access to education, health survivability, economic participation, and political participation—countries and economies are more competitive and prosperous.
  2. Half of the reductions of child mortality between 1970 and 1990 can be attributed to increased education for women of reproductive age.*
  3. A 2011 World Bank report found that investing in girls’ education and opportunities in Nigeria and 13 other developing nations could increase a country’s gross domestic product by 1.2% in a single year.
  4. A 2002 study on the effect of education on average wages estimates that primary school education increases girls’ earnings by 5 to 15 % over their lifetimes.

FACTS: The Gaps that Remain 

  1. Girls and women continue to make up the largest share of the world’s illiterate population (61.3%), and literacy rates in Nigeria hover around 50 to 60%.
  2. Gender gaps are especially wide in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where 40.1 % of girls and 33.1 % of boys are not enrolled in secondary schools like Chibok. This translates into 11.8 million girls in the region not accessing the education they need to attend university, find work, achieve financial independence, and contribute to a growing economy.**
  3. Girls also face early marriage as barrier to education, and should the girls from Chibok be sold into slavery or forced marriages, their chances of achieving their dreams will be all but dashed. In a study conducted in Kenya, researchers found that a marriage partner is associated with a 78 % increased risk of termination of secondary schooling.
  4. Globally, there are 37.4 million girls not enrolled in lower secondary school compared to 34.2 million boys, a gap of 3.2 million.***

​ It’s an unfortunate reality that it takes an act of courage to seek an education in places like Nigeria. But the girls at Chibok, despite the threats, pursued an education because they and their families understood just how valuable it is. Their resolve will set an example for generations to come and exemplifies the importance of working for the advancement of girls and women across the world so that every girl has a chance to go to school, fulfill her dreams, and break the ceilings and barriers she encounters.

This Mother’s Day, let’s remember the mothers who are missing their daughters, in Nigeria and around the world.

* Emmanuela Gakidou et al., “Increased Educational Attainment and Its Effect on Child Mortality in 175 Countries between 1970 and 2009: A Systematic Analysis,” The Lancet 376, no. 9745 (September 2010): 959–74. Although economic growth was also significantly associated with reductions in child mortality, the magnitude of the association was much smaller than that of increased education. 21 regions, approximately 4 million out of the 8 million children whose lives were saved can be attributed to education for women.
** Shelley Clark and Rohini Mathur, “Dating, Sex, and Schooling in Urban Kenya,” Studies in Family Planning 43, no. 3 (September 2012): 161–74.
*** UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Global Education Digest 2011: Comparing Education Statistics across the World (Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2011).

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