The ’empowerment’ of the ’empowered’
The empowerment of women and girls is a powerful issue, and that is one reason that Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats are pushing for the creation of a new office of women’s empowerment.
“This is the issue of empowerment, not empowerment of one’s own,” Clinton said at a Women’s Summit in New York City.
“It’s about empowering women and children to be able to lead in our communities, to do more and be more than just a commodity,” she said.
The announcement of the new office came on the heels of the Democratic National Committee announcing plans to create a “woman-centered” committee, a new division that would work to empower women and support their career advancement.
The announcement came two weeks after the Clinton campaign unveiled the first of a series of “women-focused” initiatives, including an effort to increase the number of women in leadership roles and to create more women-owned businesses.
The new office would “bring the power of women to the national stage” in an effort “to empower and empower more women in positions of power and influence, including the next president of the United States,” Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement.
The goal is to create an office that will work to make the country “a more inclusive and equitable place,” he said.
Merrill said the new “women focused” office would be created “in collaboration with other leaders in the field, who will work together to build a woman-centered policy agenda that is grounded in our shared belief that women deserve better than to be relegated to second-class status,” Merrill said.
“As we have said, we are a nation of immigrants, and as we have made clear, we will welcome all who wish to come to this country, and we are proud to be the country that welcomes and encourages them,” Merrill added.