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For Immediate Release
October 2, 2013
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Washington, DC – The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) releases a video entitled “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Strong and Effective Voice for Children” today as it celebrates forty years of champions changing the odds for children. The video features CDF President Marian Wright Edelman and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussing Secretary Clinton’s work with CDF when it first began and the growing need for investments in the education and health of children.
“CDF is pleased to recognize Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been a tireless voice for children. She’s brilliant. She cares deeply about children. She perseveres. She’s an incredibly hard worker, and she stays with it. She’s done extraordinarily well in everything she’s ever done. and I’m just so proud of her,” said Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Secretary Clinton states, “It’s the mission that CDF has stood for that I’m proud that I was a small part of promoting…We worked hard in the White House. We certainly appreciated the efforts of organizations like CDF kind of, you know, charging ahead.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton joined CDF as a young staff attorney right out of law school and knocked on doors to research and help prepare CDF’s first landmark report, Children Out of School in America – a major catalyst for the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She became a CDF board member and ultimately board chair until she became First Lady.
You can watch the tribute video online at http://youtu.be/K4NEdmW_7i0.