Clinton calls women's progress inevitable

Jan. 17, 2011 at 5:57 PM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Arab students sexist attitudes persist, even in the United States, but women will keep pushing forward.

"There still are attitudes, even in my country, about a woman's place, a woman's role," Clinton said when interviewed last week by the hosts of the Middle East Broadcasting Corp.'s "Kalam Nawaem" ("Sweet Talk") show, which is modeled on the U.S. TV show "The View," at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. "… And yet it doesn't represent the trends, the historic trends. … I really think that we're getting to a point where we'll see less and less of that going forward."

She praised the United Arab Emirates, which she was visiting at the time of the Jan. 10 interview.

"I'm in a country that has made a real commitment to education and to the inclusion of women in many if not all, aspects of society," she said.

She also lamented stereotypes of Arab women as oppressed, saying there needs to be "a much more comprehensive and complex view of women's roles in this part of the world or in many parts of the world."

"I think it comes from a lack of awareness or understanding that needs to be slowly but surely changed. ... I can't take all 300 million Americans on my plane. But through the media, I can communicate a different message."

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