Sunday, July 12, 2015

Advocates for women and girls: Hillary and Malala

Serendipity? Headlines this morning announce the endorsement of long-time women's rights advocate HillaryClinton's 2016 presidential run by the American Federation ofTeachers and the school for Syrian refugee girls opened by Nobel Winner Malala on her 18th birthday.

Here's the scoop on Hillary's endorsement by the AFT, which boosts her chances for election as the first woman president in the United States:

Hillary Clinton has scored the first national labor endorsement of the election cycle.The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) today chose to back Clinton in the Democratic primary for president.
"In vision, in experience and in leadership, Hillary Clinton is the champion working families need in the White House," AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement released this afternoon. "Hillary Clinton is a tested leader who shares our values, is supported by our members, and is prepared for a tough fight on behalf of students, families and communities."

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Hillary's support of students, families, and communities coincides beautifully with Malala's continued support of education for women and girls:

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, July 12 (Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon on Sunday by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls and called on world leaders to invest in "books not bullets."

Malala became a symbol of defiance after she was shot on a school bus in Pakistan 2012 by the Taliban for advocating girls' rights to education. She continued campaigning and won the Nobel in 2014.

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