Not just for Women's History Month, but for every day of every year going forward: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes the argument that peace and security come to nations only when the well-being of women everywhere is assured.
A brief excerpt on how women are leading the way in creating peace and prosperity:
In Liberia, a group of church women began a prayer movement to stop their country’s brutal civil war. It grew to include thousands of women who helped force the two sides to negotiate a peace agreement. And then, those women helped elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf president, the first woman to lead an African nation.
In the United States, a young woman had an idea for a website where anyone could help a small business on the other side of the world get off the ground. And today, the organization she co-founded, Kiva, has given more than $120 million in microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, 80 percent of them women.
The rest is a must-read. There's also video of Clinton's speech.
H/T to Nicholas Kristof, who first formulated this as "Women's Rights Are a Security Issue" in the NYT recently.