Hillary Clinton on Women's Rights


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Recently, Trump criticized Hillary Clinton, accusing her of relying on the “woman card.” He went as far to say “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote.” Clinton dealt Trump a heavy hand right back: “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!”

Clinton is famous for the quote “Women’s rights are human rights,” which she proclaimed as the First Lady of the United States speaking at the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women back in 1995. This has become a leading phrase in the feminist movement and a key focus in Clinton’s campaign for the presidency. Here are Clinton’s views on the issues:

Equal Pay

Clinton has promised to work towards closing the pay gap between men and women. Women earn less than men in jobs across the board, and women of color often have it even worse. Clinton introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act as senator and will work to pass it. The Act would help women fight discrimination at work.

Paid Leave

The United States scores shockingly low on maternity leave, especially paid maternity leave, and oftentimes women have to choose between their job and their newborn baby or sick family member. Twenty-five percent of women go back to work as soon as ten days after giving birth, due to a lack of paid leave. Clinton wants to get rid of this problem, and catch the U.S. up with the rest of the developed world.

Reproductive Health

Clinton believes women’s personal health decisions, including the right to abortion, should be left to her, her family, her faith, and her doctor. Clinton would stand up against Republicans and support funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides numerous health care services beyond abortion, including cancer screenings, STD testing, and contraception.

In 2008, Clinton reported a stance that could attract moderates and conservatives, saying she wanted abortion to be “safe and rare” with support systems in place for contraception, adoption and foster care. She also championed a campaign against teenage pregnancy, which successfully reduced them by a third in a matter of a single decade.

Violence Against Women

For decades, Clinton has fought to protect women and children, especially those affected by abuse or violence all over the world. According to her website,

·         1 out of 5 American women is sexually assaulted while in college

·         22 percent of women experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime

·         American women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries

Clinton will fight to protect women and combat these statistics.

Women’s Rights Around the World

Clinton’s scope moves beyond the United States. She wants to promote women’s rights around the globe, ensuring girls have access to a quality education, protection from sexual violence, and equal economic opportunity, all of which will increase the health of our global community.


Clinton’s goals for women are wide-ranging and all inclusive. As the first woman president, she would turn much of her focus to helping her fellow girls and women receive quality educations, equal treatment and pay at work, access to reproductive health care, and more – all around the world.

Most likely, Clinton will spend much of her time as a presidential candidate discussing women’s rights, as she is hoping to gain women voters on the Democratic and Republican side alike, and Trump has shown weakness with women voters and approval ratings.



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