Thursday, September 3, 2015

Karen Finney Recalls History in Beijing '95

This is a great recollection of that famous day and what led up to the historic speech by Hillary's Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Karen Finney.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Hillary Clinton’s Famous Beijing Speech

Hillary Clinton at the United Nations Fourth World Conference On Women, 1995

20 years ago, I got the chance to be part of a moment that would change the world. I was in Huairou, China, a small town outside of Beijing, where representatives from non-governmental organizations who couldn’t attend the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women had gathered. When Hillary Clinton stood before delegates from 189 countries to call attention to women’s rights, it was electric.
Women from every corner of the planet had come to Beijing and Huairou for the conference. Everywhere I looked, I saw women translating ideas across languages and cultures. I remember watching women lift up colleagues in wheelchairs when meeting spaces didn’t have elevator access.
We were all determined to be there.