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Hillary And Chelsea Talk About The World

September 28, 2011


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, had an important conversation last week, at the close of the Clinton Global Initiative. Here's a sample:

Hillary and Chelsea at CGI

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SECRETARY CLINTON: ...we really are in a new age. We are in the age of participation. It is inevitable. It is linked to the Arab Spring; it is linked to what we are doing today. Through technology, the voices of everyone can be now, at least registered, if not heard. And the challenge, not only for governments, but for businesses and for NGOs, is to figure out how to be responsive, to help catalyze, unleash, channel the kind of participatory eagerness that is there.

And for me, certainly, including those who have historically been marginalized, like women, like people whose voices have been dismissed because of the ethnic, or the religious, or the tribal, or any other background that defined them in the eyes of majority – majorities in their societies, then our task is made both more challenging but ultimately more rewarding.

Because people are going to participate. They're either going to participate positively or negatively. We're either going to get the benefits of their talents, or we're going to lose out on them. And I want to see us moving toward a world when we do try to maximize the God-given potential of every person.

CHELSEA CLINTON: And do you think that new dynamic of partnership between different multilateral organizations will precipitate a new norm of cooperation in the future, when confronting similar situations?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I also thought it was important for us to embed ourselves in the regional organizations that are working to help set the norms in the Asia Pacific region....Now why is that important? Well, because the Asian economies are growing very quickly, as we all know. But we also have to be sure that nothing undermines the balance within the region so that the South China Sea, for example, stays open for commerce and navigation, that countries are able to exploit their own economic zones for potential economic benefits, like drilling for oil or the Arctic, I decided we'd be an active member of the Arctic Council. Even though it had been an idea that we supported, we were not very fully participating again. And I went to Greenland. Why? Because unfortunately, with global warming, the Arctic is going to be open for transit much more during the year than it ever has been before. There's going to be drilling, there's going to be exploration. The United States needs to be at the table as those decisions are made, and we can't do it if we're not participating.

So kind of rounding back to Chelsea's first question, participation is not just about individuals and citizens; it also is about governments; it's about regional and international organizations; it's about finding the best ideas and the best practices; and it's about trying to enforce a rules-based order in a very challenging time in the world.

Click here to watch this historic conversation.



Hillary spoke of the importance of women's participation, in both the public and private sectors, at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco, CA.

"Now as this summit comes to a close, we will adopt a declaration for the first time in APEC's history that will affirm this organization's and each member economy's commitment to improving women's access to capital and markets, to building women's capacities and skills, and to supporting the rise of women leaders in both the public and private sectors."

The results of such a commitment isn't just increased access and improved lives for women, nations thrive when women are economically empowered. As Secretary Clinton said, "When everyone has a chance to participate in the economic life of a nation, we can all be richer."

Read or watch her remarks here.

...And at a UN Women Event in New York City

"If you look back historically," Secretary Clinton said, "the 19th century, which was a great movement against slavery and the enshrinement of the rights of people, followed by the 20th century with a great struggle against totalitarianism in favor of freedom and democracy; well, here we are in the 21st century, and if we want a safe, secure, prosperous, peaceful future, women must be equal partners and free to realize their own God-given potential."

These changes will not come easily, Hillary noted. "Many of us are working closely with our friends in Egypt to ensure that women who played a decisive role in carrying out Egypt's revolution are not left out of the democratic transformation, because, in effect then, it will not be a true democracy. Women have to be part of the future. And it's imperative that as constitutions are created, as political parties are organized, as elections are waged and won, nobody can claim a democratic future if half the population is marginalized or even prevented from participating."

Read her full remarks here.


Vice President Biden has launched a new White House initiative: 1is2many, addressing the startling rate of sexual violence against young women in our country.

VP Biden Speaks about 1is2many

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As Senator, Joe Biden sponsored and passed the Violence Against Women Act, which funded a national hotline and women's shelters across the country. That work, along with the work of many advocates, has helped bring the rate of violence against women down by 50%. But violence has increased in the category of teens and college women.

"1 in 5 young women will be a victim of sexual assault in college. 1 in 10 teens will be hurt on purpose by someone they are dating."

Click here to learn more about Vice President Biden's initiative and share your ideas on addressing this issue.


In our last newsletter, we talked about questions we know many of you are thinking about too: what do we do now? How do we make a difference on the issues we care about – and that are so important to our country's future? With so much at stake in 2012, what is the role of an organization like No Limits, which is bound by its non-partisan, non–political rules?

We've heard from many of our members that they intend to put their energies into more partisan contests. We understand that commitment. At a time when congressional action is so often divided by party lines, it's not possible to write accurately about the issues in Washington without acknowledging party differences - something that we have stayed away from in order to remain non-partisan. So we've decided to hold off for a while: cease writing our regular newsletters while we watch developments to see what makes sense for us on the issues that you care about.

To all our friends, members and supporters: THANK YOU, for your ideas, your support, and most of all for your friendship. We're taking a recess now, but we know we'll be working together again.


"Thank you, Mom. I'm once again grateful that you're my mom and my Secretary of State."

- Chelsea Clinton, September 22, 2011.

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