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December 25

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Hillary Clinton's Speech at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women


QUOTE by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Remarks for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women

      "What we are learning around the world is that, if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish.
      "And when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish.
      "That is why every women, every man, every child, every family, and every nation on our planet has a stake in the discussion that takes place here."
            -- by United States First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Beijing, China September 5, 1995. You can read the entire speech in the WiiN Library.

In Italy, dictator Mussolini proclaimed Christmas Day, 1933 as "Day of the Mother and Child," and mothers who had borne 14 to 19 children were given the opportunity to meet the dictator and be given a medal and a copy of Pope Pius XI's encyclical which condemned contraceptives, abortion, sex in marriage that didn't have procreation as its aim, and the employment of married women.

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B.12-25-1821, Clarissa (Clara Harlow) Barton, an unpaid nurse during Civil War, organized hospitals and helped gather identification records on the missing and dead. Worked with the newly formed International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian war and in 1881 organizaed the American Red Cross in spite of vigorous U.S. government opposition.

B. 12-25-1840, Agnes Elisabeth Winona Leclercq Joy Salm-Salm, Princess, started out as a circus performer, and through adventuring eventually received the Prussian Medal of Honor (but was denied the German Iron Cross because it was limited to men) for army relief work.

B. 12-25-1850, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Canada's first important woman poet with outstanding descriptive abilities. She died in abject poverty.

B. 12-25-1864, Flora Juliette Cooke, first director of the School of Education at the University of Chicago then named principal of the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago (1901-1934). Lifelong association with Zonia Baber geographer and teacher. FJC's mother had been a school teacher before her marriage and was a community activist.

B. 12-25-1865, Evangeline Booth, head of the U.S. Salvation Army. Chosen by her father to head Canadian Salvation Army, then headed the U.S. group for 30 years.

B. 12-25-1876, Juliana Reiser, a major figure in the art world as an employee and friend of Helen Hay Whitney. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art refused Mrs. Whitney's modern art collection, she became the director of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art (1930) and a directing force in modern art.

B. 12-25-1878, Yuliya Lazarevna Weissberg, Russian composer, opera composer, and editor. How much of her work and influence is to be found in the works of her husband Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov?

B. 12-25-1889, Lila Acheson Wallace, as an equal partner and joint editor, in 1912 formed one of the greatest publishing wonders of the world, the Reader's Digest.

B. 12-25-1896, Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, editor who broke the tradition of only publishing club news, fashion, and nuptials on women's pages by publishing social, legal, and health topics. She did a series of articles on maternity deaths that vaulted her to national fame and were used to instruct physicians. She often published under a male pseudonym.

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      "It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families..."
            -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

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