Hillary Rodham Clinton has been talking about the importance of giving women a stronger voice at each stop on her tour of South Asia, but it was with the words of a college student that she best expressed her feelings.
The first lady ended her speech at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation on Wednesday with a poem titled "Silence," written for her by Anasuya Sengupta, a young Indian woman just completing her last year of college.
"Too many women in too many countries speak the same language -- silence," the poem begins.
It ends: "We seek only to give words to those who cannot speak. . . . I seek only to forget the sorrows of my grandmother's silence."
Mrs. Clinton was given the poem Tuesday and stayed up late to incorporate it into her address. "I just was overwhelmed by it," she said later.
Mrs. Clinton used her appearance to announce that the first $500,000 of a new $100 million U.S. program to educate women and girls around the world would come in a grant to groups working to expand girls' education in India.