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Flashback to 1995: Nelson Mandela on Empowering Women in Politics (VIDEO)

Today, on the eve of the 2016 Presidential election, in which the United States of America may elect the first female President in its history, we reflect back on the words of Nelson Mandela on what women in politics offer a nation.

Hillary Clinton with Nelson Mandela photo

Hillary Clinton with Nelson Mandela (Photo: Denis Farrell/AFP/Getty Images via Hillary Clinton)

On November 8th, 2016, the United States of America may elect the first female president in its history. After decades of progress toward gender equality in the U.S., Hillary Rodham Clinton may “shatter the highest and hardest glass ceiling” and join a growing list of women who have led their countries including Germany, Liberia, Norway, Chile, the United Kingdom and India. 

One of the great world leaders of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela, the iconic president and uniter of South Africa, dedicated his life to the struggle for equality. Rewinding to 1995, just a year into his historic presidency, Mandela spoke to legendary filmmaker Euzhan Palcy about what he called a “critical issue” — the role of women on the world’s political stage. While he acknowledged that the principle of women’s equality was generally accepted, he stressed the importance of putting the principle into action and empowering women in leadership roles to build stronger nations across the globe. Watch his interview below.