Hillary Clinton's Speech on Human Rights

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“Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” On September 5, 1995, 180 countries met in Beijing, China for the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women Plenary Session listening to Hillary Clinton’s speech on women’s rights. (Clinton, 1995) Clinton spoke powerfully and bravely, in a communist country with a widespread maltreatment of women. The speech addressed governments and humans rights organizations, addressing problems that every country faced concerning the freedom of women. She united the audience in connecting the topic on an international level, and spoke urgently, using ethos, pathos, and logos. Beginning the speech, she is very gracious, which portrays her likability. This was a very influential, as it was one of the first well received speeches of its time given in this communist country trying to give a voice to women.
This conference was held in 2005, only a few years after the demise of the Soviet Union; America was the most important superpower, so her speech was highly anticipated. Clinton successful demonstrated her disapproval for the treatment of women around the world, stating later that the purpose was in part to stand up against the Chinese government for their lack of “human rights, and women’s rights.” (Carlson, 2012) The speech is recognized for illuminating problems women face all over the world; one of the purposes of the speech was to inform about what has been happening, and she met that goal. “Clinton’s speech laid
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