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Furthermore, Clinton has been advocating gender equality or more specifically women’s rights, for as long as she’s been in government, often times resulting in controversy especially in her earlier years. In 1992, Clinton addressed the matter of never ending controversy when she countered a journalist’s question saying, “The only way a working attorney who happened to also be the governor’s wife could have avoided any controversy would have been if she had stayed home and baked cookies.” a remark that only served to cause more controversy as the public decided that it had been her way of demeaning the role of housewives. However, despite conflicts that would arise from situations like these, Clinton’s speeches served as eye openers for the public more often than not. In 1995, Beijing, China, at the UN Conference on women was where Clinton’s arguably most famous speech on women’s rights was delivered, It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights…It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls…when women and girls are sold into slavery or prostitution for human greed. It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small…when thousands of women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war….If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.Lanza 4Although indirect, it is clear that the speech was said in reference to the ‘one child per family’ rule in China and the horrors that awaited the child if it was born female, in doing this, she became “the first american to address china’s violations on chinese soil” (National First Ladies). Clinton also brought attention to gender inequality and domestic violence in all parts of the worlds the honor killings of women by male family members that were occurring in the middle east and in Africa, the tribal genital mutilation of women (National First ladies). In 1996, as the incumbent first lady, Clinton gave a speech at the national democratic convention speaking of greater health care and education for children and greater equality for women. Clinton had formed a group of global women leaders from all around the world. Clinton took to not only empowering women within the United States to participate in politics but also women leaders internationally by creating a program by the name of Vital Voices which could be considered as a form of support group. Clinton also pushed for several reforms and while not all were successful, many of the failed attempts rose awareness to the causes that she had been advocating for and the reforms that did succeed served to benefit those in need. Although her attempt at a health care reform in 1993 failed to get a pass in congress, Clinton later initiated the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a program that provided state support for children whose parents could not afford to provide them with health coverage, the results of this program make it possibly her most successful reform. There was a certain point in time where Clinton focused her efforts on Adoption reforms. The Foster Care independence bill was created as an aid or back up plan for kids who had yet to be adopted to transition into adulthood. She once said that this was the Lanza 5accomplishment that brought her the greatest satisfaction and even worked with different organizations to find ways of reducing the teenage pregnancy rate (National First Ladies). Clinton also made a successful attempt at increasing the research funding for illnesses at the National Institute of Health and made commendable attempts at raising awareness to both the physical and mental illnesses that war veterans and armed services were facing.