Happy birthday, Bill! 🎂
The Nineteenth Amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It was the work of lifetimes: many of the women who devoted their lives to women's suffrage didn't live to see it done, and women of color had to fight for voting rights long beyond 1920. Alice Paul, seen here sewing a star onto the National Women's Party ratification flag, waged a new campaign just a few years after the suffrage victory. She spent the last five decades of her life fighting to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which remains unratified. When asked why she persisted, she quoted her late father: “When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.” With thanks to our forebears for all they've sown, the work continues.
After Brian Kemp claimed victory in the Georgia gubernatorial election he also oversaw as secretary of state—closing polling places in majority-black areas and purging voter rolls of people of color— @StaceyAbrams says: “I sat shiva for 10 days. Then I started plotting.” Her new mission: fighting for free and fair elections through #FairFight2020, a comprehensive project to protect the vote in battleground states around the country. Join her at fairfight2020.org.
Two years ago in Charlottesville, a neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of people protesting white supremacy and killed Heather Heyer. May we honor her memory by speaking out against hatred, as she did, and working together to defeat it.
Bill signed a law banning assault weapons and limiting high-capacity magazines on September 13, 1994. Over the 10 years the measures were in effect, mass shooting deaths declined. It's time to reinstate the ban. As he writes in @TIME today: "This is about who we are as a country, what America will look like years from now, and whether our children and grandchildren will be safer and freer to grow up."
We need action. The House has sent common-sense gun safety legislation to the Senate. Demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and your Republican elected officials join Democrats to pass it.
Thirty-five years ago this month, Geraldine Ferraro became the first female vice presidential nominee of a major political party. "We've chosen the path to equality," she said. "Don't let them turn us around."
A submission for #summeroutfitresearch.
Thinking of this photo of my mother holding baby Chelsea, with my dad looking on over her shoulder, as Chelsea this week has just welcomed her third child, Jasper. Bill and I are extraordinarily proud grandparents, just like they were.
We've seen the president use his bully pulpit to pit Americans against one another, sending racist tweets meant to demean not only members of Congress but all people of color, all women, and all immigrants. We are better than this, but we better start proving it and not just saying it. There are so many noble fights to be waged, because the truth is that when our civil and human rights are being trampled on and marginalized every single day, the need for a just and humane society becomes even starker. Thanks to @NationalSCLC for the honor of speaking in Atlanta, and for being a north star in the continuing struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.
Just one of the women who helped get those men on the moon: Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that wrote Apollo 11's on-board flight software. In this photo, she's standing next to the software's code. Seeing the moment of the moon landing, she said, “I remember thinking, Oh my God, it worked."
“It is in your hands to make a better world for all who live in it.” —Nelson Mandela, born 101 years ago today
Happy 64th birthday to Disneyland from some of its most feathered-up fans.
Please share widely: Everyone should know their rights if stopped by immigration agents.
World champs—again!! To the amazing women of the #USWNT: Thank you for playing like girls. 🇺🇸
As we get ready to cheer on the #USWNT in Sunday’s final, let's note that they’re fighting for equal pay—and their advocacy could help all female athletes. I’m proud to stand with @mrapinoe and this team for fighting to win, on and off the field.
Happy Independence Day. I've always believed that loving America means working to make sure it represents the best of us. We are a nation of immigrants. We are a multicultural democracy. We are always evolving. Here's to the hard work of perfecting our union. 🇺🇸
Congrats to the #USWNT for earning that tea. On to the final! 🇺🇸
Hi, London! I made a surprise stop at the Sky Leadership event to announce a new scholarship program from SkyUK and @SwanseaUni. It’ll give students the chance to design a one-year master's at The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law to study issues relating to children’s welfare. Thanks to Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch for the chat about why it's so close to my heart. Interested students can apply at swansea.ac.uk/law/globalchallenges.
Amazing update: Together, we've raised over $500,000 in the past 48 hours for groups working to protect children at the border. The Trump administration’s cruelty has caused a moral and humanitarian crisis for every American. Thank you for responding with compassion and action. More contributions mean more services, lawyers, and advocates for kids and families in need, so please continue to spread the donation link (in my profile) far and wide. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I've been heartbroken and horrified to read the news of children at the border being detained in appalling conditions. No soap, no toothbrushes, no beds. Not enough food, babies being forced to take care of babies, everyone sick. It's hard to process that our country is committing such abuses—and against children—in our name. But let's not stop at outrage or heartbreak. There are amazing groups at the border and beyond doing critical work to defend the rights of immigrant and refugee children. If you can, please chip in to support a few of them today. We can help these children get the help they deserve. And we can send a message to the administration that we won't stand for this. We just won’t. #CloseTheCamps
On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger stood on a balcony in Galveston, Texas and read aloud General Order No. 3, informing the state's enslaved people that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation meant they were free. In the years since, Juneteenth has become an opportunity to remember all those who lived and died under the horrific system of slavery, honor everyone who helped end it, and celebrate the people and contributions of the African American community. It's more important than ever before that we all take some time to mark Juneteenth and reflect on the legacy of slavery in our country's history. We see markers of white supremacy around us every day. It's marching in our streets with torches and signs bearing hate speech, detaining innocent families in camps at the border, and enshrining prejudice in our laws by suppressing the votes of people of color. It's saying that it'll make America great again; great again for whom has always been clear from the context. So many Americans believe in racial justice, in equality, in our differences not just making us stronger but defining what it means to be American. Let's celebrate our victories and our black communities as we keep working for a more perfect union. Happy Juneteenth.
Looking forward to summer.
It may look like we're standing among a bunch of boxes in this photo. And we are! But trust me when I say they represent something beautiful. After Hurricane Irma, the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands was cut off from neighboring islands and the mainland for two full days, leaving communities without critical supplies as they grappled with the damage. A harrowing situation for everyone. This week, during the fourth @ClintonGlobal Action Network Meeting, Bill and I visited a new supply depot that's one of three around St. John that will be able to distribute food, water, and other supplies after the next storm. As we fight to curb carbon emissions, we simultaneously have to build long-term resiliency to deal with effects already locked in to the climate system, including more frequent and intense storms. People in communities like St. John bear the brunt of climate change—and now they're coming together to protect themselves and each other in the face of it. This fight has many fronts, and people around the world are rising up to meet the challenge. Hats off to the people from USVI for modeling this work with all these beautiful boxes.
Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating the end of Ramadan! May God grant peace, health, and prosperity.
Happy Pride Month! Gay rights are human rights, now and forever. This administration's attacks on the LGBTQ+ community can never change that, and I'm proud to stand and fight with you to make sure those rights are recognized as they should be. 🌈
Such a joy to visit the incredible sculpture garden in River Front Park masterminded by my friend Dr. Dean Kumpuris. It's a beautiful spot—if you find yourself in Little Rock, make sure to pay a visit. One of my favorite statues, by Jane DeDecker, is of Harriet Tubman leading a little boy by the hand. The inscription is a quote of hers: "Children, if you're tired, keep going. If you're hungry, keep going. If you're scared, keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going." Amen.
At Hunter College's commencement yesterday, I addressed the surge of hate crimes we've seen across America—shootings and arson at synagogues, mosques and churches; Americans targeted because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. And instead of standing up against bigotry and white supremacy, this administration has too often worked to tear down hard-won civil rights. They've banned Muslims from entering the country, ripped away protections for transgender Americans, and waged war on voting rights for people of color, poor people, and young people. They've torn children from the arms of their parents and locked them in cages. It's up to every American to say that these actions, committed in our name, go against our values as a people and a country.
I believed it when I said it at Wellesley Colllege's commencement in 1969, and I believe it now.
Always such a joy to march in Chappaqua’s Memorial Day parade. Wishing everyone a lovely day of reflection and gratitude for all those who have served and sacrificed for the country we all love.
His last campaign manager, Anne Kronenberg, said of Harvey Milk: "He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us." No better legacy. #HarveyMilkDay
Women's rights are human rights, and we can't let anyone forget it. At noon tomorrow, join @PPAct, @prochoiceamerica, Onward Together partner @indivisibleteam, and other groups to protest the new wave of bans on abortion. There will be events all over the country. Find one near you, and bring a friend along: stopabortionbans.org #StopTheBans
Sixty-five years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated public schools are unconstitutional. Separate was not equal. The ruling was only the beginning: Students, activists, lawyers, and public servants showed astonishing bravery and fortitude in the years that followed to integrate schools in the face of abuse, intimidation, and outright violence. It's worth celebrating that bravery and activism every year even as we remember the work is far from finished.
I was in the Senate when, more than a decade ago, we confronted Abu-Ghraib and the horror of waterboarding committed in our name. Senator John McCain condemned it and President Obama outlawed it when he became president, and I spent four years as Secretary of State traveling the world to help prove that we had left those practices behind us. But now, instead of continuing to move forward—instead of standing up for human rights—our government wants to turn a blind eye and build a wall. As I said in my keynote celebrating the essential work Heartland Alliance International does to help victims of torture: We cannot let this un-American distrust and fear determine our future. We have to affirm that torture, physical and psychological, is wrong and will not be tolerated—whether it happens in a prison in Syria or in a cage on our southern border. Some have walked thousands of miles to get to America. Instead of a safe harbor, they find barbed-wire detention centers where they're treated as criminals and freeloaders rather than people who deserve dignity and respect. This is an abdication of America's responsibility to its own core values. Photo: @sarahmathesonphotos
The abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi are appalling attacks on women's lives and our fundamental freedoms. Women's rights are human rights. We will not go back.
Here's what I told students at @Columbia last night: To have the kind of future you want to have, it's critically important that you get involved in the public sphere in some way. It's an all-hands-on-deck sort of moment. For all the steps forward we've made on civil rights and women's rights, there are people and organizations that are working to turn back the clock. Decades of progress are at risk. Every American deserves personal freedom, autonomy, and opportunity—so get in there and push for change.
Happy Mother's Day! I'll always be so grateful for this mom, and to be this daughter's mother.
Nelson Mandela was inaugurated 25 years ago today as the first black president of South Africa, a milestone of the 20th century. I was lucky to be among the American delegation for the event. I'll never forget the moment at the luncheon following the inauguration when President Mandela looked over the crowd of gathered dignitaries and made a point of thanking three of his former prison guards for being there. Out of all the distinguished people at that historic event, he was most grateful that these men—whose humanity he had recognized and acknowledged, as they had recognized his—could attend. He demonstrated how each of us can choose how we will respond to injustices and grievances that affect us. And as a leader, he knew that to help free his country he first had to free himself. Photo: AP
Thank you to all the students at @dartmouthcollege for their thoughtful questions yesterday on everything from Iran and China to AI and the place of social media in our news environment. This generation doesn’t miss a beat, and I can't wait to see how you all shape our country in your own image.
And that's a wrap on our tour! Thank you to the hosts of our final stops this weekend—Bradley Whitford, @TedDanson, and Jan Jones Blackhurst—and to everyone who joined us on the road around the country. It was wonderful to see so many old friends, meet new ones, and find community among people who share progressive values. Here's to all of you. Photo: Matthew Lamb
In case you're wondering, no, it doesn't get less surreal to sign action figures of yourself (but I'm happy to do it for friends like these!)