Since 9/11 first brought Islam under the microscope, many Conservative women (myself included) have been calling on prominent 'feminists' to call out the Muslim religion/culture for its sub par treatment of women. There have been small caveats here and there...but always with qualifiers and justifications...
Well, bravo to Hillary Clinton for finally saying what should have been said 10 years ago. But, hey, better late than never right...? Of course, I think it could have been a bit more forceful, but it's a start and I applaud her for it:
"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton decried the marginalization of women in the Islamic world Tuesday night, calling women’s empowerment key to true democracy in the Middle East.
Mrs. Clinton made the remarks in a wide-ranging speech at the 2011 U.S.-Islamic World Forum. She noted “troubling signs regarding the rights and opportunities of women” in Egypt and Tunisia following their recent revolutions.
“So far, women have been excluded from key transitional decision-making processes,” Mrs. Clinton said. “When women marched through Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women's Day in their new democracy, they were met by harassment and abuse.”
“You can’t claim to have a democracy if half the population is silenced,” she added." (source)