Hillary Clinton can laugh about it now – the half-creepy, half-comical spying she felt in her hotel room during her historic 1995 trip to the Beijing Women’s Conference.
The then-First Lady and others who made the trip with her were warned on the plane ride over that the Chinese government would likely be keeping tabs on them in their hotel rooms. They were even told to look for potential cameras and microphones hidden within the TV sets and bathroom mirrors. And sure enough
“We got to our hotel in Beijing and the next morning I said to one of my aides ‘I would love to see how the English-language papers are covering this in China’ Literally within minutes there was a knock on the door and a paper delivered,” Clinton recalls with a hearty laugh in an exclusive clip from the forthcoming documentary MAKERS: Once and for All, presented by AOL’s MAKERS. “I will never forget that.”
As disturbing as the spying may seem, Clinton admits now, “We had some fun with it. Like, ‘Oh, I’m so hungry. French fries would be good today.’ ”
“But anyway, we were well aware that there was a lot of anxiety on the part of the Chinese government,” she adds.
It’s been a little more than 20 years since Clinton made her famous speech at the Beijing Women’s Conference. Addressing a crowd of more than 47,000 activists and leaders, the then-First Lady gave a rallying cry for women’s rights heard ’round the world: “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”
The largest gathering of women’s advocates in history, the conference resulted in an international agreement that changed the lives of tens of millions of women worldwide. Now the exhilarating story is being told in a new documentary film featuring archival footage and new original interviews with grassroots women and global leaders.
MAKERS: Once and for All will be available on Nov. 20 on MAKERS.com.