"Of particular concern to me is the plight of women and girls who comprise the majority of the world's unhealthy, unschooled, unfed, and unpaid. If half the world's population remains vulnerable to economic, political, legal and social marginalizationˆour hope of advancing democracy and prosperity is in serious jeopardy. The United States must be an unequivocal and unwavering voice in support of women's rights in every country, on every continent. . .
The Taliban sympathizers and members want to maintain an attitude that keeps women unhealthy, unfed, uneducated. This is not culture. This is not custom. This is criminal. We cannot have a free, prosperous, peaceful progressive world if women are treated in this way. . .
The state department will have a very active womens' office -- a very active office on human trafficking, a modern form of slavery -- which is primarily a slavery of women and girls."
-- Secretary of State Designee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1/13/09