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Bias, Rhetorical Devices and Argumentation Essay

The speech it obviously catering towards females, the speech was presented at a U.N. Women’s Conference, this speech is about the rights women should expect to receive under human rights. While using the politics to reinforce the rights of women she is using political bias and she is using a gender bias.

Rhetorical Devices

This speech has a couple rhetorical devices, the first one I found was a Rhetorical question when she said, “Wasn’t it after all after the women’s conference in Nairobi ten years ago that the world focused for the first time on the crisis of domestic violence?” Secondly there was a few sections were Parallelism was used when she said; “If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well”. Then again when she stated; “It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls. It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution for human greed and the kinds of reasons that are used to justify this practice should no longer be tolerated”.


Towards the end of the speech a Slippery slope fallacies was used when she stated “As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace everywhere in the world, as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled, subjected to violence in and outside their homes the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized”.


This speech met the standard for stating an argument and protecting against counter arguments by stating facts that the opposition cannot challenge. There was use of statistics to support Mrs. Clinton’s argument that women and girls have the same rights as everyone else. She presented her argument in a persuasive way, using her gender to persuade other people of the same gender to understand the issue and presented what needed to be changed. I would say that the argument she presented was very effective. The crowd was applauding the speech instead of using silence to show their disapproval of the words that were said.

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