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When Will Women Rule the World?

World leaders have long recognized the value of empowering women, for their sake and to help achieve such long-term social goals as eradicating poverty, educating children, combating disease and protecting the environment. But how much progress toward gender equality is being made?

This is a question that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to answer -- by 2015, the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking United Nations conference on gender issues in Beijing.