Hillary Clinton's best moments as secretary of state
10. She is the most traveled Secretary of State
To date, Hillary Clinton has traveled 949,706 miles over 5 continents. You can read more about all of her trips and see a map of all her travel stops on the State Department’s website.
9. Her fight for Clean Stoves
The world is full of problems, but Secretary Clinton always has her eyes open for solutions, no matter how small they seem. Three billion people worldwide live in homes that cook food on stoves or over fires that burn fuel that pollutes the air by creating toxic emissions. Her work with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is helping 100 million households get clean cookstoves by 2020.
8. Her work on democracy in Burma
In 2011, Clinton became the first Secretary of State to visit Burma since 1955. Starting to build a democracy in a country that has been ruled for decades by a brutal military regime is a long and complicated process. But Clinton knows the best way to get things done: work with other women. She worked with Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to build relationships in Burma. She said of Suu Kyi, “[I]t was like seeing a friend you hadn’t seen for a very long time even though it was our first meeting.”
7. Her dance moves
No further commentary needed. She’s just awesome.
6. Her speech on religion following the Benghazi attacks
Clinton used this opportunity to condemn the awful attacks, while calling on religions to be a force for good, not extremism. “I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries. Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one’s faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one’s faith is unshakable.” She added, “We can pledge that whenever one person speaks out in ignorance and bigotry, ten voices will answer. They will answer resoundingly against the offense and the insult; answering ignorance with enlightenment; answering hatred with understanding; answering darkness with light.”
5. Her speech on gay rights
While in Geneva, Secretary Clinton gave a speech for International Human Rights Day, advocating for LGBT rights. “Gay rights are human rights.” And, “It should never be a crime to be gay.”
4. Her remarks at the Women in the World Summit
Because Hillary tells it like it is. “Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They all want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe but even here at home we have to stand up for women’s rights and we have to reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America has to set an example for the entire world.”
3. She has a sense of humor
3 words: Texts from Hillary. When an internet meme based on a picture of Hillary went viral, she joined in on the fun.
2. She rocked the Benghazi hearing
Secretary Clinton’s composure and take-no-bullsh*t attitude during last week’s Congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks had many people saying, “This is how it’s done.” Miss the hearings? Make sure you check out Zerlina Maxwell’s recap on Feministing of Hillary’s best moments.
1. She rules the world, despite injury
There is no Disabled List when you’re Secretary of State - especially when you’re Hillary Clinton. In 2009, Clinton fractured her elbow when she fell in the State Department’s basement. She powered through. Then in 2012, she suffered a concussion after she fainted. She came back stronger than ever. Bottom line: When Hillary Clinton starts feeling sick, she just stops feeling sick and is awesome instead. True story.