‘Every one of us has the power to hold people accountable’
The past 12 months have been a giant kick in the teeth for women – from the unearthing of the shocking gender pay gap statistics to the wave of sexual harassment and abuse allegations in recent months. But through the pain has come power, with women and men unifying to promote the #Metoo and #TimesUp campaigns, condemning misconduct and calling for change.
The latest high profile figure to speak out about a need for gender equality is former US Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who used her time on stage at the 2018 Makers Conference this week to empower women around the world.
The conference was inspirational from start to finish, with the likes of Gloria Steinem, Ava DuVernay and Lena Waithe taking to the stage to address the audience.
It was Hillary Clinton’s speech however that got the crowd on their feet, with the 70-year-old calling for women to rise up and change laws themselves.
‘We’re in the midst of war on truth, facts, and reason,’ she explained. ‘I know at times it can be overwhelming, but every one of us has the power to hold people accountable.’
She concluded: ‘The only way to get sexism out of politics is to get women in politics.’
With Oprah officially batting away requests to run for President, it looks like there’s a vacant seat – who’s it going to be?