During a recent speech to the United Methodist Women Assembly, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embraced the economic plight of women in the workforce. While speaking to a packed house of more than 7,000 women, Clinton passionately declared it’s time to go out and help “wake up our country” to the potential of women if they are given a fair chance.
Considered one of the major front runners for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton strategically stayed clear of politics during a speech in which she highlighted her own struggles for equality as a professional woman. Interjecting her faith-filled journey as a Methodist believer, she rallied women to go out and make their contributions. She also gave an impassioned plea for companies to focus on equal pay and benefits as drivers for future success.
According to The Associated Press, Clinton proclaimed, “The truth is there are too many women in our country today trying to build a life and a family that don’t just face ceilings on their aspirations and opportunities; it’s as if the floor is collapsing beneath them. These are our sisters, our daughters, granddaughters. Some are hungry, not just for nutritious food but for opportunity, for chance to thrive, for their own piece of the American dream.”
She clearly outlined her solutions for achieving equal pay by stating that our country needs to raise the minimum wage so there can be more financial equality among both men and women. Companies should also provide flexibility for all parents in the workforce, offer paid maternity leave and affordable childcare options, and invest in ongoing mentoring opportunities for women.
According to Clinton, it’s not enough for women to say a change needs to occur. They must have a solid argument for making it so and take the necessary actions to make it happen.