Hillary Clinton Announces Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports

Heather O'Reilly #9 of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal against Germany during the game on May 22, 2010 at Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

On June 6, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports, at the Department of State with members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and youth soccer players from around the world.

On June 6, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports, at the Department of State with members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and youth soccer players from around the world. This joint initiative by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues harnesses the power of sports and international exchanges as a means to empower women and girls worldwide.

As part of her remarks, Secretary Clinton spoke of her own child-hood experiences with sports: "...I am a huge supporter of Title IX, because I came of age before we had a Title IX and I played sports of all kinds, not very well so I have no illusions about what Title IX would have meant to me but I loved sports and I was raised in a very sports-oriented family and I was lucky enough to go to public schools in my town that had a lot of girl sports. And it was quite surprising to me, as I learned more about what was available elsewhere, that there weren't those same opportunities. And I was delighted that, by the time my daughter came along, there were so many more ways that young women and girls could participate in sports in our country.”

Watch the video of Sec. Clinton’s announcement.

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