PORTLAND, Ore. – Hillary Rodham Clinton says empowering women isn’t only moral and just but also an economic imperative.
The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state spoke Tuesday evening in Portland as part of the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s international speaker series featuring women changing the world.
Clinton says nations’ economic prosperity is limited when half their population is excluded from schools and workplaces. She says foreign leaders were most receptive when she’d make an economic argument for women’s rights.
But she also says the United States and the rest of the developed world also need to improve, pointing to the gap between wages for women and men.
Clinton, a potential 2016 Democratic candidate for president, is on a three-state Western speaking tour that began earlier Tuesday in San Francisco.