Delivering the keynote address at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton asserted that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” so that women can have access to “reproductive health care.”
“Yes, we’ve cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe child birth,” Clinton said. “All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice not just paper.”
She continued: “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Clinton went on to say that the “advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”
She claimed that the economy would grow by 10 percent by 2030 if the “gap” between men and women in the workplace were closed.
Clinton then lamented the “lack of quality, affordable childcare, unequal pay” and “unfair” work schedules, problems she said affect women disproportionately.