17 Feminist Hillary Clinton Quotes That Make Us Happy About This 'Milestone'

17 Feminist Hillary Clinton Quotes That Make Us Happy About This 'Milestone'

Fist pumps all round.

Whatever you think about American politics, you can’t argue that Hillary winning the Democratic nomination for US president is kind of a big deal for womankind.

On beating candidate Bernie Sanders, Hillary spoke to crowds in New York saying: ‘Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone […] the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee’.

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Now it's been announced by The New York Times that she plans to have equal gender representation within her cabinet — whereas in the past women have only made up between a quarter and a third.

Here are her sassiest feminist quotes…

1. 'Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.'

2. 'There cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.'

3. 'We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.'

4. 'You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not secretary of state; I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.'

5. 'In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change.'

6. 'Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I’m well aware of, but that’s just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history — empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.'

7. 'It’s not just a woman’s issue.  If you have a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter who is working and they are not being treated fairly, the whole family suffers.'

8. 'I got a call from the Middle East, and this man’s voice said, what do you mean by saying that women have the same rights as men? And I said, well, I want you to shut your eyes and imagine everything you do.  What I mean is that every woman should have the same right to do everything you do.  And that’s how we need to really stand up and speak out.  And we have to start early because a lot of little girls as they become teenagers, they begin to suffer all of these pressures on social media, on, you know, you’re not good enough, you’re not pretty enough, you’re not this, you’re not that.'

9. 'I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.'

10. '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…You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the President of the United States. And that is truly remarkable.' – from her concession speech in 2008, when she suspended her campaign against Obama for Democratic nomination

11. 'Like it or not, women are always subject to criticism if they show too much feeling in public.'

12. 'I’ve devoted a lot of my public life to advocating for women’s rights being human rights, and making the case that we have to do everything we can, through laws, regulations, culture, to change the still-existing stereotypes that hold women back.'

13. 'And I think it’s also really important to recognize that we have made progress but we are still a long way from where we need to be.  I know that if you look at pay, for example, equal pay is still a problem, and it’s a problem that gets worse as you get older.'

14. 'We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady.'

15. 'If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.'

16. 'I believe that women deserve the same rights as men in every aspect of our economy and our society, here at home and around the world. You know, I’ve devoted a lot of my public life to advocating for women’s rights being human rights, and making the case that we have to do everything we can, through laws, regulations, culture, to change the still-existing stereotypes that hold women back.'

17. 'It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children's and grandchildren's fates, are decided.'

And now it's Hillary Clinton vs. Republican candidate Donald Trump...

 
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