"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Candidates' Statements on International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day!

I noticed that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's statements on International Women's Day were posted on their campaign blogs today. (Extensive Google searching yielded no evidence of any statement whatsoever from John McCain. Surprise, surprise.)

Click the links to read them in full.

Hillary's Statement

"When I attended the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women more than a decade ago, I noted that 'every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.' But in order for her to do that, she must be given equal access to programs that can help lift her out of poverty, go to school, and remain healthy for herself and her family. I look forward to working over the next year to ensure that we are making the investments necessary to help women achieve their potential not only as individuals, but as essential participants in our global community."

Barack's Statement

"The United States must lead the world to end these inequities and injustices, and when I'm President, we will. Every night I'm home, Michelle and I tuck two little girls into bed. And the reason I'm in this race is to help build a world where our Sasha and Malia and every girl is loved and safe from violence; where every woman is empowered; and where every person has the chance to reach for his or her dreams."