Women's concerns and worries are often portrayed as being a sub-set of the wider problems that beset an economy and seldom do our issues come across as being those that concern society as a whole. Hillary Clinton, however, has managed to do the latter and has announced that the days of issues being dismissed as women's issues are, "Well, those days are over".
According to Hillary Clinton, "“We can’t afford to leave talent on the sidelines, but that's exactly what we’re doing today....We not only shortchange women and their dreams, but we shortchange our country and our future.” She is a strong advocate for equal pay, paid family leave (including maternity leave), flexible working, affordable child care, paid sick days, increased minimum wage and other employee benefits such as training which will help break the glass ceiling.
While women in the UK enjoy paid maternity leave, flexible working and training packages in the workplace America varies because it does not have a welfare state that has fostered an ideal of thinking beyond the narrow confines one's individual sphere of life. Putting aside these differences Hillary's positioning of women's issues as being mainstream ones will help tremendously in lifting awareness of just how crucial women are to the running of an economy.
The most salient recognition to take away from Hillary Clinton's proposals is the fact that she has identified the state as a medium for changing policies that affect women's lives. If she wins the Presidential Race in 2016 she would have positioned the state as being central to implementing feminist policies. According to latest polls, Hillary is set to win the Democrat nomination and the Presidential race. A win for Hillary would translate into an immense leap for women's rights in a country which often sets the trend for worldwide change.