Hillary Clinton on Monday helped unveil a new report on global gender inequality co-sponsored by her family’s foundation, but did not address recent revelations that the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from foreign governments that have been oppressive to women.
She also did not address the fact the foundation accepted funds from foreign governments when she was secretary of state. Or why she used a private email address during that time.
The report and its rollout were meant to help showcase the women’s rights speech Clinton delivered in Beijing in 1995, one of the highlights of her time as first lady. But the controversies have overshadowed her attempts to tout her work on behalf of women in the run-up to her likely presidential campaign.
Clinton has so far remained relatively mum, only tweeting last week that she has asked the State Department to release her emails.
Some Democrats, sush as California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have called on Clinton to explain why she used a private email account while serving as America's top diplomat.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday said President Barack Obama emailed with Clinton on occasion but did not know it was a personal email server.
"He was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act," Earnest said.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, addressed the fundraising controversy on Saturday. “My theory about all of this is disclose everything and then let people make their judgments,” he said in an interview at the Clinton Global Initiative University.
“You’ve got to decide when you do this work whether it will do more good than harm if someone helps you from another country,” he added.
The report, titled “No Ceiling,” found that women around the world have made tremendous gains over the past two decades in closing the gender gap. But in many areas, including leadership, women’s progress has been too slow.
“There has never been a better time in history to be born female,” Clinton said while introducing the report that was also sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
She added, “We’re not there yet. We still have a lot of work to do.”