You want to know what really ticks me off? It is the fact that some of the goals of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing have not been met. Oooh! It makes me so angry. I can't tell you how many sleepless nights I've spent just obsessing on that one thought.
Okay, I'm just kidding. Like over 99.9% of normal people out there I really don't even think much about a 20 year old conference. And if I do, it would be to note the irony of a woman's conference in Beijing, capital of a country which forces women into having abortions. However, according to Politico which is obviously trying to artificially raise Chelsea Clinton's political profile with policy wonk "depth," that conference is very much in her thoughts to the extent that it makes her very very angry:
A good first step for young people looking to change the world, says Chelsea Clinton, is to consider, “What makes you most angry? What pisses you off?”
...She also said that one of the things that makes her angry — and therefore motivated — is that the world has yet to live up to the standards for advancing women as outlined in the platform from the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It was there that her mother, now a leading potential 2016 presidential contender, famously declared, “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”
“For me, the thing that makes me angry is, no country in the world has lived up to the promise of the Beijing platform,” Clinton said at the event, hosted by the National Center for Women and Technology Information.
...At the Clinton Foundation, an initiative called No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is partnering with a number of organizations to determine how much progress has been made since Beijing, Clinton noted.
That effort is giving Clinton a productive outlet for that anger, she said.
It's too bad that Politico reporter, Katie Glueck, never went beyond acting as Court Flack for the Clinton royalty to ask Chelsea about forced abortions in China. Now that would have made a fawning article interesting although it would probably have ended Glueck's career in celebrity journalism.
This wasn't Chelsea's first venture into the public light. That happened a few weeks after 9/11 with an article she wrote about her experiences in New York City that day. Fortunately for her, the article only appeared in print in Talker Magazine and not online because the narrow beside the point theme turned into a PR disaster. However a few excerpts of her Talk Magazine article were transcribed and posted on the Free Republic at the time:
One thing I recall is the somewhat irrational medley of thoughts running through my head: my parents, the tax cut, and Humpty-Dumpty.
I worried that with the tax cut we wouldn't have enough money to repair New York and D.C. and to help the the families of the thousands I knew must have died.
I was expounding on the detriments of Bush's tax cut as we approached Grand Central Terminal and were met with hordes of people running out of the station..
Once we stopped running I started praying. I prayed for my country and my city. I stopped berating the tax cut and started praying that the president would rise to lead us. And I thanked God my mother was a senator representing New York and that Rudy Giuliani was our mayor. I have never reacted so viscerally to a leader, particularly not to one I had been criticizing just the day before for some insensitivity or other.
That Monday I went to Rosh Hashanah services w/family friends, the Iscols.... In early Aug Zach (their son) was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps..... most people could not understand his decision. Why waste a Cornell eduacation on the military?
So bizarrely self centered was Chelsea's article that one wag whose name I can't seem to recall even wrote a parody of it.
Meanwhile, don't even get me started on the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Yogyakarta. The anger it has caused me can set me to expounding on the many detriments of the Bush tax cut.