2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton made a stop in Manhattan while on her campaign tour to deliver a speech at the Women of the World Summit.
Clinton addressed the country’s priority to fight rape culture as well as the economic demand for social justice and gender equality:
“When women are held back, our country is held back. When women are ahead, everyone gets ahead. And it’s important to realize that it’s not just the economic arena where women are held back.”
Based on a study conducted by the Clinton Foundation and the Gates Foundation, there has never been a better time to be born female. This is a pretty bold statement considering that 50% of the transgender community have experienced violence, according to federal statistics. Additionally, the vast majority of transgender victims of violence are women of color.
Clinton listed statistics to incite hope: The American family earns $14,000 more today than they did 20 years ago — directly because an alarming rate of women joined the work force. The U.S. GDP is about $2 trillion more as a result, as well.
It’s troubling that the measurement of gender equality is expressed through dollar value. Nevertheless, Clinton encouraged her audience at the summit to become agents of change. Despite the U.S.’s economic progress since two decades ago, there is still much work to be done.