Equal conditions must be created for women in politics: Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton in conversation at the Lyric Theater in Belfast (PA) (PA Wire)

A level playing field must be created for women in politics, said the daughter of a former US president.

Chelsea Clinton also insisted on the importance of “centering women and girls in storytelling”, as in the successful television series Derry Girls, in which she had a supporting role.

And Mrs. Clinton expressed her anger at the US Supreme Court’s recent overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade ruling on abortion.

She was speaking while taking part in an Our Place In Space event at the Lyric Theater in Belfast on Wednesday following the publication of the book Gutsy Women she co-wrote with her mother Hillary Clinton.

The Supreme Court last week ended constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn the Roe v Wade ruling.

Clinton vowed to work to mitigate the damage, but said despite being asked throughout her life, she has no intention of following in her parents’ footsteps by running for political office.

“I never seriously thought about it as the path for me at any given time,” he told the PA news agency.

“Although I want everyone who doesn’t have the last name of Clinton to be asked that question because I think the more people who think, ‘oh, I could run for office, I want to affect change in my community,’ the better we can all be.”

Clinton said data from around the world indicates that it is much harder for women to run for office and get elected.

“It is often more difficult for women to raise money, which in the United States is an important part of the process, although it should not be, more difficult for them to have the same political coverage as journalists, often only because of the space that is consumes when describing what a woman is wearing,” she said.

“We absolutely know that not only do our standards need to change on the most obvious points about eliminating misogyny and misogynistic language, but there are also other ways that women are penalized that are not as visible but still need to be remedied. if we are really going to have a level playing field.”

Asked about her appearance in the final episode of the Derry Girls series finale, which focused on the peace process in the late 1990s that led to the Belfast Agreement, Clinton said she was excited to be asked participate as a fan of the show, and immediately said “yes”.

Former US President Bill Clinton (PA) (PA File)

Former US President Bill Clinton (PA) (PA File)

His father, Bill, played a central role in encouraging the Northern Irish parties to come to terms at the time.

Speaking alongside Tara-Lynne O’Neill, who played Mary Quinn in Derry Girls, at the Lyric Theater event, Clinton said she had been a joy.

“It was such a magical day when she (writer Lisa McGee) and the crew came and we shot in New York, it was a sunny, bright, beautiful day. She was so proud and excited that not only was she at the end of the series, but she was on the last day of filming for the entire show.

“It was just a joy. I had even more fun than I expected,” she said.

“I cried when I saw it, even though I knew what was going to happen.”

Clinton emphasized the importance of Derry Girls as a women’s voice, written by a woman, Lisa McGee.

“We know that so often it’s boys who are raising their hands to tell stories, to write stories, so I really look forward to talking about why I think it’s so important to empower girls to tell stories and we continue to support people like Lisa.” McGee. to tell important stories to make our lives more interesting, more full of laughter, but also to help us think about the world in important and provocative ways,” she said.

Nearly 25 years after the Belfast peace deal, Clinton said she remembered her father so vividly receiving updates from the peace talks, and the “increasing possibility of something that is solid and real and significant happening and having a chance to really change the future in a very profound way for a place that my father cared so much about.”

She added: “Seeing the possibility become a reality had a profound impact on me as a child. It is what we hope to elect our officials for, to help make the future safer, more equitable, more just and more peaceful.”

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