Although Hillary Clinton hasn’t committed to running in the next presidential election (yet!), she has remained steadfast in her commitment to empowering women around the globe.
On Friday, at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Conference For Women, the former Secretary of State outlined her plan for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, created through the Clinton Foundation.
The No Ceilings project will bring together private resources and organizations to evaluate and measure the progress women and girls have made in the past 20 years worldwide. The idea is that you need to know where you’ve been in order to know where you are going. This new effort will help chart the path forward, to fast-track full participation of women and girls in the 21st century.
The title of the campaign comes from one of Hillary’s best moments in her 2008 presidential campaign – after she dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination. “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said then.
In her address on Friday, Clinton explained “Women everywhere can be and are agents of change, drivers of progress, makers of peace, all we need is a fighting chance to show what we can do in every part of life. But, too many women still face ceilings that hold back their ambitions and aspirations, that make it harder for them to pursue their own potential.
“These ceilings don’t just hold back women and girls, they hold back entire economies and societies. No country can truly thrive by denying the contributions of half its people. The great, unfinished business of the 21st century is helping women and girls break through these ceilings, and participate fully in every aspect of life once and for all! So, let’s get cracking.”
Yes, lets. Here’s how you can get involved.
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