We've heard a lot about all the "horrible" things buried deep in Hillary Clinton's private email server. According to many people who haven't thoroughly perused the WikiLeaks database, Clinton is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad politician who's never done anything positive for anyone but herself. Well, simply put: That's not true — not in the slightest. Clinton has talked a lot about women's issues, and now we know she walks the walk, too. Her emails show that she actually did quite a lot for women during her years as Secretary of State.
Not only do the emails show that Clinton pushed women's empowerment in her policies and projects, but they also reveal Clinton's nature when it comes to women and women's rights. The emails I browsed that involved women showed Clinton to be a respectful, supportive, and dedicated representative and advocate for women. I couldn't include every instance where Clinton said positive things to another woman, but language and behavior certainly count when we as women try to decide who will be our biggest advocate. But beyond language and behavior are real actions that help women, which we know she took during her time as Secretary of State. Following are eight instances in which Clinton's emails reveal her actions:
When She Made Women's Empowerment An Integral Part Of Her Foreign Policy
After meeting with farmers in woman's cooperative group in Tanzania, this was written about Clinton.
When She Went Out Of Her Way To See What She Could Do For A Yemeni Girl
When She Dedicated Her Time And Ideas To A Woman's Fellowship In India
When She Made Time To Meet With A Young Woman And Tell Her How Proud Of Her She Was
When She Supported Efforts To Lift Girls Out Of Poverty Through Education
When She Recognized That The Issue Of Equal Rights Has As Much To Do With Men As It Does With Women
Clinton was sent an article about the importance of men in women's empowerment, and her response shows her understanding of feminism and the work it will take to get equal rights. The subject was "TO EMPOWER WOMEN, WE HAVE TO FIND BETTER WAYS TO VALIDATE MEN."
When She Praised Other Countries For Doing Right By Women
Clinton was forced to rest for some reason, perhaps a sickness, but she sounded supportive of the fact that the United Arab Emirates ruled to require at least one woman on each board. She also had her aides attend women's empowerment sessions when she couldn't. Her aide said this:
When She Was Instrumental In Creating An International Family Planning Budget
Clinton's emails aren't only food orders and silly jokes — in many of them she was discussing the crucial work she was doing to help women and girls. Clinton doesn't just talk the talk, and her emails actually prove it.