Clinton Earns Praise for Feminist Foreign Policy

    U.S. Secretary for State Hillary Clinton. Photo by: State Department

    U.S. Secretary for State Hillary Clinton can be considered a “game-changer” for advancing an explicitly feminist foreign policy agenda, Madeline Bunting, associate editor of the U.K.-based the Guardian, writes.

    Since assuming her position two years ago, Clinton has been dismantling the notion that women’s issues are “soft” and could be overlooked by female politicians working to look tough on the international stage, Bunting explains.

    She notes that Clinton is the most powerful politician to have advanced a highly feminist agenda and commends the secretary of state for putting women’s issues at the heart of U.S. foreign and national security policy.

    Among Clinton’s key achievements in this field is her work in support of U.N. Women, particularly for persuading former Chilean President Michele Bachelet to head the newly operational U.N. body, the Guardian associate editor notes.

    Clinton has also led several international projects that focus on improving the lives of women worldwide, including an initiative to provide clean and safe cookstoves to women in poor countries.

    “Observers on both sides of the Atlantic acknowledge ‘she’s a game-changer.’ They say the prominence she gives key issues enables them to be taken seriously.” Bunting says, while noting that there remain major constraints to Clinton’s feminist foreign policy agenda, particularly in the Middle East, India and several countries in Africa.

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