Day 91 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
She effectively created her own doctrine – The Hillary Doctrine – and it’s all about women, on a global scale.
 
Hillary first stepped out of Bill’s shadow when she declared in China, “that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.”
 
The Hillary Doctrine, as outlined in a 2011 Newsweek article of the same name, allies women’s rights with international security. At a TEDWomen event, Clinton elaborated: “Give women equal rights, and entire nations are more stable and secure. Deny women equal rights, and the instability of nations is almost certain. The subjugation of women is, therefore, a threat to the common security of our world and to the country.”
 
By tying women’s rights to the fundamental need for global security, Hillary has elevated the effort to stand with the most critical and essential of initiatives. She further adds development to security as an essential element and suggests women’s rights is the underpinning to both. A flourishing economy typically provides stability; stability, more often than not, delivers security. And it’s tough to have either if half the population is subjugated.
 
As SoS, Hillary introduced the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which established priorities over a four-year horizon versus the typical year-to-year planning tied to budgets. Women and girls are mentioned 133 times within the 220 pages of the inaugural QDDR document, signifying their prominent place in the mission and plans for the State Department at that time.
 
About the same time, the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was reintroduced. Like the Hillary Doctrine, I-VAWA links development with security in the name of women’s rights. Ironically (or not), it hasn’t passed, in part, because it would discriminate against men.
 
By aligning global women’s rights with the ability to achieve true security, she has turned up the volume and made it impossible for the world community to ignore its importance.
 
(The Newsweek article on the Hillary Doctrine is well worth the read.)