“There has never been a better time in human history to be born female,” Clinton began. “And yet, today, we know that girls and women make up the majority of the world’s undereducated and uneducated and remain the world’s biggest source of untapped potential. In 2016, it’s still true that in no country on earth are women given equal rights and equal opportunities—to education, to health care, to equal pay for equal work—to men.”
Clinton drew on data from last year’s No Ceilings Full Participation Report, which was a collection of statistics analyzing the state of gender equality across the globe. The report was sponsored by the Clinton Foundation, of which Chelsea is the vice chair, and the Gates Foundation. On the positive end, Clinton pointed out that girls and boys were equally represented in primary schools, maternal mortality had decreased by nearly 50 percent, and more countries were taking steps to recognize and protect women’s rights in their constitutions. But in terms of issues like gender-based violence, women’s health, and women in the workforce, we still have a long way to go. 1 in 4 girls will get married before turning 18, there are fewer female executives than male ones—71 percent fewer in some countries, and in many places, women still don’t have the right to vote. These issues, along with many others, are worth addressing as the quest for international gender equality continues, according to Clinton.