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!)
Thanks for joining us in Vancouver, @SophiaBush! And may I compliment you on your sharp pantsuit?
In the midst of some of the most challenging times our country has ever seen, women are doing the hard work of reinvigorating our democracy—and I was honored to join so many of them at the @VitalVoices Global Leadership Awards this week. Photo: Vital Voices/Lancer Photography/Paul Morigi
Here was my take on the Mueller report at the #TIME100 Summit: We were attacked. We have significant evidence that this administration did everything it could to undermine and interfere with the investigation into that attack. And we are going to walk away and pretend it didn’t happen? At that point, you might as well just say all bets are off—there is no accountability for anyone in the most significant job in the world. I don’t think that’s the right place to end up. Photo: Bryan Ach/Getty Images
A special edition of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day with Chelsea back in 1995. #tbt
How I think we should respond to the Mueller report: demand action and accountability. We have to get this right. Link in bio.
I enjoyed telling @annfriedman about one of the many times I'm glad I followed my mother's advice. Eighteen years old, away from home for the first time, and utterly overwhelmed, I considered leaving Wellesley College. Mom told me to stick with it. I'm so glad I did. Link in profile.
On this #EarthDay, I'm thankful for the millions of young people around the world who have marched and gone on strike over the last few months to demand urgent action on climate change. The world's leading scientists have told us what we need to do: Cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2030. Now we need to do it. As 16-year-old activist @GretaThunberg says: "I want you to behave like our house is on fire. Because it is." Photo: Mickan Palmqvist
A throwback happy Easter to all who are celebrating today! (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Twenty-four years ago today, 168 people died in a terrorist attack in Oklahoma City. Many of them were children. I'm thinking today of Bill's words at the memorial prayer service: "Let us let our own children know that we will stand against the forces of fear. When there is talk of hatred, let us stand up and talk against it. When there is talk of violence, let us stand up and talk against it. In the face of death, let us honor life. As St. Paul admonished us, Let us 'not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.'" Photo: Oklahoman Archive
There’s a saying that goes: “If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.” @SpeakerPelosi is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman. So proud to mark her achievements in the midterms in this year's #TIME100.
Reproductive rights are human rights.
Because our son-in-law and his mother, who are from Philadelphia, joined us for our stop in their hometown with @AsomughaFndn, I had to relate the fact that the first onesie either of our grandchildren wore was an Eagles onesie. I'm also pretty sure their first words after "mommy" and "daddy"—and before "grandma" and "pop pop"—were "Fly, Eagles, fly." So we wouldn't have missed Philadelphia for the world. Thanks to Nnamdi and all who joined us! Photo: @maxgrudz
Lucky to spend a lovely, laughter-filled night in Detroit with @BenStiller and Bill! Photo: Andrew Potter
Congratulations to Dr. Katie Bouman, who led the creation of an algorithm that made it possible to produce an image of a black hole for the very first time. Here's to scientists who use their ingenuity (and lots of computing power!) to help us feel awe over the vastness of space and our precious ability as humans to catch glimpses of it from here on earth. Photo via Flora Graham
My thoughts on spring. Photo: Getty Images
Got to practice my snap last night with the best in the business. What a great show and night with Ain't Too Proud, The Life and Times of the Temptations.
Passing the time on a trip from Austin back to Washington, April 6, 1993. Photo: Ralph Alswang
Some truth from Ruth.
Congratulations to Lori Lightfoot, who made history last night by becoming the first black woman and first openly gay person to be elected the mayor of Chicago. "Out there tonight a lot of little girls and boys are watching," she said last night. "They're watching us, and they're seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different. They’re seeing a city reborn—a city where it doesn’t matter what color you are, and a city where it surely doesn’t matter how tall you are ... a city where it doesn’t matter who you love, just as long as you love with all your heart.” Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images
This is the Transgender Pride Flag, created by Monica Helms in 1999. "The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys," she explained. "The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender." On this Transgender Day of Visibility, let's affirm that we see, stand by, and celebrate our transgender friends, family members, and neighbors.
It's pretty simple: Men and women in the same job should get the same pay. The House has passed the #PaycheckFairnessAct to help make equal pay a reality. It's 2019! Let's get it done. Chart: @monachalabi
Ann Richards on the occasion of being the second woman ever to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, 1988.
A year ago, a group of school shooting survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida achieved the impossible. In fewer than six weeks, they organized enormous rallies across the country for gun control, including one in Washington DC that drew nearly a million people. They dubbed it "The March For Our Lives." In the year since those calls for change, the House has passed a historic bill that would require background checks on all gun purchases for the very first time. Now we need a Senate that will vote on it and a president who will listen to our kids and make it reality. Photo: Elizabeth Robertson, Philadelphia Inquirer
A hug to celebrate the passage of the Affordable Care Act, nine years ago this week.
Last August, instead of going back to school at the start of the new academic year, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg took a backpack, some snacks, and a sign she'd made that read "School Strike for Climate" and settled in on the sidewalk outside the parliament building in Stockholm. At the end of a summer of record-breaking heat and increasingly alarming news from the scientific community, she was there to protest her government's lack of action on climate. She eventually went back to her classes, but still goes on strike every Friday—and she's not alone anymore. What began as one young woman's protest has become a global movement. Last Friday, young people in every corner of the globe—South Africa, Japan, India, the United States—demanded a livable future for their generation. “Change is on the horizon," Thunberg has said. "But to see that change we also have to change ourselves.” She's right. Let's get to it. #climatestrike #FridaysForFuture Photos: @NYTimes
I had the most wonderful visit in Harlem yesterday with my friend Dr. Gao Yaojie, who's simply one of the bravest people I know. As a practicing physician in the China in the 1990s, Dr. Gao discovered that HIV/AIDS was being transmitted to patients via blood transfusions. When she worked to put a stop to the practice and alert the public, the government put her under house arrest. She gained political asylum in the U.S. in 2009 and is now an American citizen. We've met many times over the years, including my first trip to China as secretary of state, and it's a joy to be able to visit right here in New York City.
Happy Girl Scout Day! This former scout still remembers all the songs.
We're at a crisis point for our democracy. It's too hard for too many people to vote. Money has too much influence in our system, giving wealthy donors too much say over policy-making. And the gerrymandering of congressional districts means that some voters are effectively disenfranchised. The good news: Last week, House Democrats passed the most important democracy reform package in a generation. HR1, the For the People Act, includes: - Automatic voter registration - Early voting everywhere - Public financing for elections - An end to the gerrymandering of congressional districts Our democracy should work for every citizen of America, and it hasn't for a very long time. As the For the People Act moves on to the Senate, take a moment to call your senators and ask them to support it: (202) 224-3121 Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
For #internationalwomensday, I'm issuing you a challenge. We know that when women run for office, they're elected at the same rate as men. But not as many women run as men, often because people don't ask women to run as often as they ask men. My challenge for you is this. Think of a woman you know who should run for office. Then take a moment today to ask her to do it. Tell her she'll have help from @emergeamerica, @emilys_list, @runforsomethingnow, and you. With one question, you could start something pretty big.
Today marks 54 years since Bloody Sunday, when civil rights marchers bled on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Alabama to demand voting rights for all. We need, starting right now, to redouble our efforts with a 21st-century civil rights movement devoted to claiming, enforcing, and defending the right to vote—once and for all.
Three generations, one set of steps. “There’s so much in ‘Wonderful World’ that brings me back to my neighborhood where I live in Corona, New York,” Louis Armstrong said in 1968. The house Armstrong lived in during the last 28 years of his life is remarkably well-preserved. A lot of luck and wrangling went into saving it. Bessie Williams, the Armstrongs' longtime housekeeper, became its first preserver. In 1977, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1999, as first lady, I started a National Park Service program called Save America's Treasures that put grant money toward preserving it. In 2017, workers broke ground on a new education center that will open across the street this fall. And in 2019, the youngest-ever woman in Congress, @Ocasio2018, stopped by and encouraged NY14 and beyond to visit. It's a wonderful world. You can find it in Queens. @louisarmstronghouse