Hillary Clinton: Women’s Economic Champion
Attention Ladies! If you loved her before, this week you will love her even more. Hillary Clinton has become an outspoken ambassador for the economic advancement of women everywhere. This past week, speaking from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooporation (APEC) conference on women and the economy in San Francisco, Secretary of State and gender champion Clinton issued her call for economic investment in women entrepreneurs and women-owned companies.
What can be done at the policy level to foster systematic economic advancement for women? Hillary Clinton outlines her guidelines:
- We must commit to giving women access to capital so women entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into the small and medium enterprises that are the source of so much growth and job creation in our economies
- We must examine and reform our legal and regulatory systems so women can avail themselves of the full range of financial services. Such reforms can also help ensure that women are not forced to compromise on the well-being of their children to pursue a career.
- We must improve women’s access to markets so those who start businesses can keep them open. For example, we need to correct the problem of information asymmetry – making sure women are informed about opportunities for trade and orienting technical assistance programs so they serve women as well as men.
- Finally, we must support the rise of women leaders in the public and private sectors because frankly, they are more likely to have firsthand knowledge and understanding of the challenges women face. Their perspectives add value and insure that we shape policies and programs that are not just “window dressing” but successfully eliminate barriers and bring women into all our economic sectors.
Go Hillary and by the way…Thanks from all of us at Good-b! :- )
Category: sustainable leadership