Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Supporting Women’s Entrepreneurship
The big challenge we face in these early years of the 21st century, is how to grow our economies and ensure shared prosperity to all nations and all people. To achieve the economic expansion that we all seek, we need to unlock a vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come. And that vital source is women.
Millions of women are still sidelined, or they are confronted with a glass ceiling that keeps them from the most senior positions. We will adopt a declaration to improving women’s access to capital and markets and to supporting the rise of women leaders in both the public and private sectors.
There is no doubt that the increasing numbers of women in the economy has helped fueled significant growth everywhere. If we really want to achieve parity for women in the work force, we must begin with sound economic policies that explicitly address the unique challenges that limit women.
We commit to giving women access to capital so women entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into the small and medium enterprises that are the source of so much growth and job creation, because a rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of families and nations.