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Hillary Rodham Clinton Speech
This passage is adapted from Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech titled "Women's Rights Are Human Rights," addressed to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.
If there is one message that echoes forth fromthis conference, it is that human rights are women'srights…. And women's rights are human rights.Let us not forget that among those rights are the05right to speak freely and the right to be heard.Women must enjoy the right to participate fully inthe social and political lives of their countries if wewant freedom and democracy to thrive and endure.It is indefensible that many women in nongov-10ernmental organizations who wished to participatein this conference have not been able to attend—orhave been prohibited from fully taking part.Let me be clear. Freedom means the right ofpeople to assemble, organize, and debate openly. It15means respecting the views of those who may disagreewith the views of their governments. It means nottaking citizens away from their loved ones and jail-ing them, mistreating them, or denying them theirfreedom or dignity because of the peaceful expres-20sion of their ideas and opinions.In my country, we recently celebrated theseventy-fifth anniversary of women's suffrage. Ittook one hundred and fifty years after the signingof our Declaration of Independence for women to25win the right to vote. It took seventy-two years oforganized struggle on the part of many courageouswomen and men.It was one of America's most divisive philosophi-cal wars. But it was also a bloodless war. Suffrage was30achieved without a shot fired.We have also been reminded, in V-J Day obser-vances last weekend, of the good that comes whenmen and women join together to combat the forcesof tyranny and build a better world.35We have seen peace prevail in most places for ahalf century. We have avoided another world war.But we have not solved older, deeply-rooted prob-lems that continue to diminish the potential of halfthe world's population.40Now it is time to act on behalf of women everywhere.If we take bold steps to better the lives of women,we will be taking bold steps to better the lives ofchildren and families too. Families rely on mothersand wives for emotional support and care; families45rely on women for labor in the home; and increas-ingly, families rely on women for income needed toraise healthy children and care for other relatives.As long as discrimination and inequities remainso commonplace around the world—as long as50girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last,overworked, underpaid, not schooled and subjectedto violence in and out of their homes—the potentialof the human family to create a peaceful, prosperousworld will not be realized.55Let this conference be our—and the world's—callto action.And let us heed the call so that we can create aworld in which every woman is treated with respectand dignity, every boy and girl is loved and cared for60equally, and every family has the hope of a strongand stable future.
1. What is the primary purpose of the passage?
2. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
3. As used in line 28, "divisive" most nearly means
4. Based on the speech, with which statement would Clinton most likely agree?
5. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
6. As used in line 26, "organized" most nearly means
7. Which claim does Clinton make in her speech?
8. Clinton uses the example of V-J Day observations to support the argument that
9. According to lines 35-39, problems that affect women
10. The fifth paragraph can be described as
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