Hillary Clinton's actual résumé in promoting women's rights around the world is under scrutiny as her actions as secretary of state, as well as foreign funding questions swirling around her family foundation, have opened the door on her connection to regimes unfriendly to women's interests, Politico
While Clinton will no doubt champion her experience at the State Department as well as her work on women's issues as a first lady and senator, how that squares with her friendly relations with governments like Saudi Arabia and others in the Middle East will likely need a better spin, Politico said of quandaries ahead in her presidential bid.
The so-called "Hillary Doctrine" follows her own words on human rights: "The subjugation of women [is] a threat to the common security of our world and to the national security of our country."
But that stands in stark contrast to her joining such world leaders as the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in 2010 as well as the Clinton Foundation's eagerness to accept millions in donations from other nations in the region like Qatar, Oman, Algeria, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
In those countries, as in Saudi Arabia, another foundation donor, gender inequality is not only real but a protected way of life.
Politico said that as recently as last week Clinton defended her record when questions arose about the foundation's donations.
She said in the wake of a release of a U.N. report about the status of women and girls: "There can’t be any mistake about my passion concerning women’s rights here at home and around the world. So I think that people who want to support the foundation know full well what it is we stand for and what we’re working on."
Others say her record is worth questioning and are giving it a second look as Clinton prepares to launch a national campaign, Bloomberg
"What exactly are her grand accomplishments on behalf of women?" asked Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, to Bloomberg.
"I'm really impressed with how she turned around Saudi Arabia,'' Pletka told Bloomberg. "She doesn't do much more than talk.''
Other powerful women in the political and business sphere have also raised a cold eyebrow to Clinton's contradictions, The New York Times
reported, citing remarks from former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Fiorina told a Conservative Political Action Conference group in February that Clinton "tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights."
Bill Clinton defended his family foundation's donations from Middle East countries, the Times noted of the family's quick pushback on the scrutiny.
"Do we agree with everything they do? No," the former president said. "You’ve got to decide when you do this work whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country."
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