When I arrived in New York City in December, 2000, I had no idea what to expect.
As the youngest female president in US history, I was the first woman to be sworn in as the world’s first female president.
I had never been to a United Nations.
I was still a kid, living in my parents’ basement.
But I had a mission: to make history.
In the days and weeks that followed, I set out to transform New York into the world leader in women’s advancement.
And I did it with an incredible team of volunteers, led by the most inspiring woman I knew.
We were a team of dreamers and innovators.
Our team of visionary leaders had all been at the forefront of women’s empowerment for decades, and none had been more committed to that cause than I. I am forever grateful to my team, including: Monica Hinojosa, a woman whose leadership at the United Nations has been unmatched; Elizabeth Boudreaux, a fierce advocate for women’s rights and gender equality at the World Bank; Mary Robinson, the first African American female chief of staff to the US National Security Council; the brilliant people of the National Organization for Women; and of course, my longtime partner and friend and mentor, my daughter, Katie.
All of us believed in the mission, the vision, and the potential that women had to become leaders of our world.
We all believed that it would be our responsibility to lead, to lead the way, and to help empower our women and girls to achieve our shared dreams of freedom and justice.
As a result, New York became the first major city to elect a woman to the White House.
And today, we celebrate International Women’s Day with a special celebration, when we celebrate our first female President of the United States, Katie Boudreau.
I want to thank all of you for your passion, commitment, and hard work.
This is a great day for our country and for the world.
I will do everything I can to ensure that our new President will be a leader for all of us.
We need a President who will make the world a better place.
And, we need a president who will build the capacity of women to lead in the workplace, and in politics, and at the community level.
In that spirit, I will take a moment to speak to our great nation.
I believe that the future of our country depends on our leaders who believe in equality and justice for all.
We must also have leaders who understand that it is the people who build our strength and our hope, who strengthen our faith, and who build the strength of our communities.
I recognize that our job is to take action.
We cannot let this administration, with its new vision, its new policies, its narrow focus on race and gender, silence the voices of all Americans who have been marginalized, ignored, or denied.
This Administration has made a mockery of women and the most vulnerable among us.
And it is our job to take on this challenge, and our job will continue.
I look forward to working with you to make sure that our next President is someone who will inspire the next generation of women.
*Hillary Clinton* *In a world in crisis, Hillary Clinton embraces new path* By Katy Waldman, The New York Times Magazine January 19, 2021 *On the campaign trail, Hillary Rodham Clinton made a bold claim: “It is time to break down barriers.”
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state would do just that by championing a new vision of the nation in which all Americans are valued equally, free from discrimination, and free from violence.
This was a vision she had outlined in her 1992 book “Living History” and was a guiding principle for her presidential campaign, which she served for more than four decades.
But as the first lady’s campaign wound down in the 2016 campaign, she came to realize that the old vision was not what many voters were ready to embrace.
As she prepared to leave office in January, she decided that she could not be silent about a new, bold vision for America she had articulated in her book.
She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, launched a new national organization called the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
In 2017, the Clintons launched their new public policy institute, the Hillary for America Presidential Initiative, or HFA.
The initiative was to be a platform for a new kind of president—one who would lead the country as the leader of a diverse, inclusive, and forward-looking country.
HFA was meant to bridge the gap between the Clinton Foundation and the rest of the world in the fight against gender-based violence, human trafficking, and poverty.
As HFA launched, the Clinton family was celebrating its 20th anniversary.
And just as the foundation had been building for years, the new foundation was going to be the one to transform the foundation from a nonprofit into a philanthropic entity