8 Things Hillary Clinton Has Done For Women, According To Her Emails


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

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 1, 2016. With one week to go until Election Day, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were barnstorming battleground states Tuesday, as the Democratic nominee tried to pivot away from attacks on her protection of US secrets. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs 20th Anniversary celebration at the US State Department in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

When She Dedicated Her Time And Ideas To A Woman's Fellowship In India

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 31: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets patrons at Angie's Soul Cafe on October 31, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. With just over a week to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

When She Made Time To Meet With A Young Woman And Tell Her How Proud Of Her She Was

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) is greeted by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, during an event June 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Hillary Clinton addressed Planned Parenthood members on 'what's at stake for reproductive health care and women's rights in the upcoming presidential election.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

When She Supported Efforts To Lift Girls Out Of Poverty Through Education

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Clinton's aides received the following email, and responded saying Clinton would like to support the campaign.

When She Recognized That The Issue Of Equal Rights Has As Much To Do With Men As It Does With Women

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote address during the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy Dialogue in Siem Reap on July 13, 2012. Clinton is in Cambodia to attend the ASEAN regional forum and meet with other ministers and leaders to strengthen economic and strategic relationships between Asia and the US. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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

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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

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Democratic presidential candidate, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugs a young girl as she eats ice cream at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream on April 18, 2016 in New York City. The Democratic and Republican primaries in New York are tomorrow. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This was written about Clinton after more funding was allocated for international family planning:

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.