Over the past few days, I've been reminded why I support Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. It's not just because she is a woman, but it's what she has done and continues to do on behalf of women all over the world.
Sunday was International Women's Day and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when Hillary Clinton boldly declared, "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights."
Hillary's dedication to women's rights, from that speech in Beijing 20 years ago through her time as senator, secretary of state and beyond, is one of the reasons I am so proud to know her and why I, along with so many others, am ready for Hillary.
Hillary has spent her life promoting women's rights. She has been a champion for advancing equal opportunities for women and girls in America and around the globe, calling women's empowerment "one of the great causes of my life."
Hillary Clinton was a powerful advocate for women in the Senate. She was an outspoken defender of a woman's right to choose and was one of the original co-sponsors of the Prevention First Act to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, thereby reducing the number of abortions.
Hillary Clinton recognized that when women succeed in the workplace, our entire economy benefits. She co-sponsored the original Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 and was a co-sponsor of the bill that became law in 2009. She also introduced in the Senate the Paycheck Fairness Act.
In the State Department, Secretary Clinton recognized women's rights as a major foreign policy issue. She named the first ambassador-at-large for global women's issues and advocated for the economic empowerment of women all over the world. She issued the first policy guide on promoting gender equality and expanding opportunities for women. Her vision of economic statecraft promoted women's entrepreneurship and urged nations to remove barriers that keep women from participating in the global economy.
While there have been many achievements in the past 20 years, many serious gaps remain.
To continue to break down barriers, we need leaders who understand that women's issues are also America's issues. Hillary Clinton has consistently put women's issues at the forefront of her agenda and fought to create opportunity for women, children and their families. Electing our first woman president would be an important step to ending gender inequality.
Jehmu Greene is a Fox News political analyst and founding board member of Vote Run Lead. She is a former president of the Women's Media Center and Rock the Vote.