Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and 16 female members of the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution calling for a focus on women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "I thank Senator Snowe and all the women Senators for shining a spotlight on the critical role women continue to play in the dramatic events sweeping North Africa and the Middle East. I fully agree that women must be included in every aspect of political and institutional reform, because we know that no government can succeed if half its population is excluded from the process. This resolution underscores our current efforts to build capacity for good governance, allow all citizens to participate, and ensure that the human rights of all, including those of women, are respected. The U.S. State Department will continue to work with Congress as we together stand in support of the women in the region who are demanding that their voices be heard."
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Patty Murray (D- Washington), Barbara Boxer (D- California), Kay Hagan (D- North Carolina), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Maria Cantwell (D-California), Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), Jeanne Shaheen (D- New Hampshire), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), Lisa Murkowski (R- Alaska), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) joined Snowe as original cosponsors of the resolution.