Women Entrepreneurs: Achievers and Problem-Solvers

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 29, 2010

Today, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks to women entrepreneurs attending the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. Secretary Clinton said:

"[W]omen are doers and achievers and thinkers and innovators, leaders, and problem-solvers. And we need each and every one of you to lend your entrepreneurial skill and energy to meeting the global challenges of this new century.

"As I said yesterday, President Obama is committed to promoting entrepreneurship to help seed conditions for broader and deeper economic progress. And this week's summit has focused on our efforts in Muslim majority countries. I know and you know that women are essential to this effort. There isn't any way we can increase peace, prosperity, stability, and security throughout the world unless women are full partners -- full partners in the home and the family, full partners in the community and the country and the world."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.

"I believe so strongly that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. And what we're doing is trying to pry open those doors of opportunity for more people to walk through -- more people in Muslim majority countries and more women, specifically. Because the fact is that women still have a harder time accessing loans and equity capital investments. Women are still saddled with unfair and untrue assumptions that they are less capable of starting and running businesses. And these obstacles exist in the United States and they exist in every country in the world.

"But we are determined to change that. Making women a focus of our foreign policy agenda here at the State Department comes naturally to me, but it's not only the right thing to do; it is also the smart thing as well. Because as Melanne said, we believe that the evidence is overwhelming. We cannot expect countries to increase their economic standing in a sustainable way. We cannot expect there to be greater foundations built for security, democracy, opportunity, unless women are at the table."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.

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OysterCracker
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United States
April 29, 2010

OC in USA writes:

Hillary is right. My Muslim girlfriend"s husband complained when my girlfriend worked and now complains even more because she's not working. Businesses would change the power relationships in Muslim societies in a positive way. Men respect money and would better respect women if they made money.

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