At the Women in the World Summit held in New York City on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced "extremists" for purposely trying to "control women," specifically in the United States.
According to a transcript of her remarks, Clinton praised several women worldwide for standing up to dictators and tyrannical regimes, reminding the audience that due to their bravery, these women were changing the world.
"Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me." she said to the enthusiastic crowd. "But they all seem to."
"They want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and bodies," she said to heavy applause. "Yes, it is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world."
Clinton specifically mentioned Georgetown contraception activist Sandra Fluke while praising women "who are assuming the risks that come with sticking your neck out, whether you are a democracy activist in Burma or a Georgetown law student in the United States."