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Charging that "investing in the health and education of women and girls is essential to improving global prosperity" Hillary Rodham Clinton told the United Nations Conference on Women that greater efforts must be made to open economic opportunities and provide social services for women around the world. The First Lady's appearance at the one-day conference in New York City follows her appeal for the improvement of the lives of the world's poor women and children at last week's international summit on poverty in Copenhagen. TIME reporter Bonnie Angelo notes that having kept a low profile for the last few months, Mrs. Clinton is now speaking out on "conventional womens' issues, which are safer territory for a first lady than shaping health care policy."