Hillary Clinton And Her Message to the Tech Industry
The tech industry and its companies have paid more for speeches from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton than any other industry around since early 2014.
Hillary Clinton has cashed in $3.2 million from the tech sector over the last year-and-a-half, according to The Washington Post. And Clinton has talked about all sorts of things in front of tech audiences, topics such as Edward Snowden to Ferguson, Missouri, but she has emphasized two subjects in particular: generating opportunities for women in tech, and making sure Silicon Valley focuses on income inequality.
Clinton has been hired to speak in front of eBay, Qualcomm, Nexenta, Cisco Systems, Salesforce.com, Xerox and other audiences since January 2014. Many of those speeches were closed to the public and the press, but her prominent messages from some of her more open speaking engagements are listed below.
Clinton proclaimed “there’s never been a better time in history to be born female” as she spoke at a women-focused eBay conference in March.
She also said more has to be done to fix a natural bias toward hiring and promoting more males than females.
It’s something Clinton said is “hardwired” into American society. Speaking to eBay employees, she stressed the idea that a diverse workforce leads to a diversity of ideas, which leads to better company performance.
In 2013, at a Nexenta Systems conference in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton lauded Google for personally urging women to work at the firm. She seemed to imply that women could be discouraged from exploring opportunities in tech because of a male-dominated culture.
On stage last August at a Nexenta conference, Hillary Clinton hailed the numerous advances Silicon Valley has brought to the world. She praised the improvements of healthcare.gov, the government’s online healthcare marketplace whose rollout wasn’t exactly smooth. She stressed the benefits of cloud computing and the possibilities that come from collecting massive amounts of data.
Hillary Clinton said that tech companies have often made life more efficient, but the rise of those companies has coincided with an unfortunate increased gap between middle class and upper class Americans. Better productivity, in this case, hasn’t necessarily led to better salaries.
“I believe it’s still true that a lot of families in America today are hurting from the great recession, and communities are coming apart at the seams, and the American dream of opportunity and equality feels out of reach,” Clinton said, according to The Wall Street Journal.