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Celebrating record advances for women during the Clinton administration
By Stephanie S. Streett, Executive Director of the Clinton Foundation
Equality for girls and women in the United States and around the world has been a complicated journey, but one that has been punctuated with peaks of progress. During the Clinton administration, the United States experienced advancements in economic and businesses opportunities available to girls and women due to federal policies, realized expansions to their health care coverage and safety, and witnessed some of the most pro-woman initiatives of any previous administration.
As a woman, a wife and a mother, and executive director of the Clinton Foundation, I couldn’t be more proud of the initiatives that President Bill Clinton and then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton have championed on behalf of girls and women. As a former White House staffer, I am proud that the Clinton administration appointed record numbers of women to senior positions — women made up 44 percent of Clinton administration appointees, including 30 percent of judicial nominees. The eight years of the Clinton administration saw record advances for women in the workforce as well—between 1993 and 2000, 8.5 million women joined the labor force while real median earnings for women rose; the amount of women business owners increased from 6.4 million in 1992 to 7.45 million just five years later.
March is Women’s History Month and it’s an important time to reflect on where we’ve come as a society — in respect to the rights of girls and women — and all the work that remains before us.
Below are eight photos featuring important milestones for women from the Clinton administration.
Guaranteeing leave for families
A global declaration: “Human rights are women’s rights”
The nation’s first female U.S. Secretary of State
Swearing in the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Appointing the first female U.S. Attorney General
Preventing violence against women
Championing women’s health
Supporting families looking to adopt
(Photos courtesy of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library)
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