Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed a women’s leadership conference on Monday, preaching the same message she had on the campaign trail — that women as a whole form one bloc when it comes to voting, leadership, and “values.” She praised the “Women’s March” as an example of female empowerment and painted a picture where women’s “rights, opportunities, and values” are under threat in America.
“Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female,” Clinton declared in a video for the women’s empowerment organization MAKERS.
Clinton heralded the Women’s March as an example of the kind of female empowerment she supports. “Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month as women organized a march that galvanized millions of people all over the country and across the world,” the former Democrat candidate for president declared.
While Clinton did not mention President Donald Trump by name, that march was organized to protest his presidency, and its results were far from all positive. As PJ Media’s Susan L.M. Goldberg pointed out, the march “reinforced every negative stereotype about women EVER.” As Goldberg explained, “If you want to throw the biggest temper-tantrum in American history, you just need to be a really big pussy,” literally. Yes, women actually dressed up like female body parts. They knit and wore “pussyhats.”
The Women’s March also excluded some women who wanted to participate. Pro-life women found their organizations dropped from the roster. At the actual march, when pro-life women attended anyway, they weren’t exactly welcomed with open arms. A pro-life activist pregnant with twins was thrown into the street. Members of the crowd also yelled at another pro-life woman, saying they hoped she would be raped so she could get an abortion. Does that sound “empowering” to you?
But Clinton continued, equating her leftist values with the entire female sex. “Now, more than ever, we need to stay focused on the theme of this year’s conference, ‘be bold,'” the former presidential candidate declared. Why now? So women can “set an example for every woman and girl out there who’s worried about what the future holds and wonders whether our rights, opportunities, and values will endure.”
Yes, she’s afraid that women’s “rights, opportunities, and values” are under threat. But not the values of the pro-life women assaulted at the Women’s March. Not the opportunities of conservative women who don’t accept the liberal talking points of government-funded contraception and “abortion rights.”
Now, Clinton did win the women’s vote, securing 54 percent to Trump’s 42 percent. But that doesn’t mean she can speak for all women. Two-fifths of American women who voted actually voted for the man in the White House right now. For Clinton to equate the Women’s March — and by extension, her candidacy — with the “rights, opportunities, and values” of American women is to obscure this vital fact.
But Clinton’s speech didn’t end with that line. She had to repeat the emphasis on women (over men). “And remember, you are the heroes and history makers, the glass ceiling breakers of the future. Never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” the former secretary of state concluded.
Certainly, women deserve “every chance and opportunity in the world,” but not because of their sex, but because they’re people too. And is American society really discouraging them from pursuing their dreams? Yes, there are struggles, and yes, it may be harder for women in the workplace to gain the same respect as men. Working women also need encouragement to ask for raises and promotions, something men in general are more adept at doing.
After all, Clinton was speaking at a women’s empowerment conference. MAKERS describes itself as “for the organization that believes its people are its strongest asset, that invests in innovating, groundbreaking female leaders, that knows that empowering women will empower the world, and that dares to lead and refuses to follow.”
But Clinton, the Women’s March, and the women’s empowerment leaders that MAKERS champions all need to be careful not to send a message that women are more valuable than men. One of the most harrowing things about the Women’s March is Denise McAllister’s “Tale of Two Photos.” One photo showed a smiling little girl holding up the sign “Girl Power,” and another showed a boy with the sign “Boys will be
boys, good humans.”
Girls should be girls, and should have all the opportunities in the world. Is anyone in America really fighting to keep them under the “glass ceiling”? But boys should also be allowed to be boys. This is why Clinton’s “44 Boys Is Too Many” ad fell on deaf ears. Indeed, libertarian YouTube star Julie Borowski mocked it perfectly, saying “girls can be dirty, corrupt politicians, too!”
Sorry, Hillary Clinton, but the future — like the past — will be both male and female. Hopefully, women will reach full equality with men (if they haven’t already), not in misleading “Equal Pay” statistics, but in the ability to pursue their dreams. One day, America will have a female president, just not Hillary Clinton. And tactics like this are one of the reasons she’s not in the Oval Office right now.
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