Hillary Clinton aiming for the glass ceiling

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:27pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to live up to her "glass ceiling cracker" Twitter profile Friday, announcing a "No Ceilings" project to be run through her family foundation.

"Too many women here and around the world still face ceilings," Clinton said in a keynote speech in Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

Those ceilings "make it harder for them to pursue their own God-given potential," said the 2008 presidential contender, former first lady and Democratic Senator from New York.

Formally titled "No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project," the initiative aims to further one of Clinton's core pursuits of empowering women.

According to the Clinton Foundation website, the ceilings project "will work with leading technology partners to create a comprehensive and accessible global review that will bring together and widely distribute the best data on the status of women and girls and their contributions to prosperity and security."

It continues, "Through the No Ceilings project, Secretary Clinton will also outline a 21st century agenda to accelerate full participation for women and girls around the world. The project will convene the private sector, government, civil society, and individuals to accelerate progress toward this agenda."

Friday, Clinton spoke of the ceilings holding back not just women and girls but the economy as a whole. When you remove barriers to women, "the effects ripple across the entire society," she said.

The trappings of the speech full of progressive issues like combating poverty, providing social safety nets and ensuring equality for all, especially women, ring like a pre-presidential speech as speculation continues to flare over a possible return to the campaign trail for Clinton. She has ramped up her speaking engagements recently, including three speeches in as many days last week. It is estimated that Clinton makes as much as $200,000 per speech.

Clinton has refused to say whether or not she will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, although she has said she'll probably start thinking about it next year.


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