U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as she launches...

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as she launches the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges," at the Department of State March 7, 2011 in Washington, DC. One hundred women leaders from 92 countries will participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program that focuses on key foreign policy issues which affect women and girls worldwide. Credit: Getty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a message for the would-be democratic reformers of the Middle East: It’s time to let women make decisions, too.

Clinton said Tuesday the transitions from autocracy in Egypt and Tunisia cannot continue to block half of society from participating in governance.

The secretary spoke at a ceremony honoring 10 women for efforts from promoting good governance and the education of girls to combating scourges such as sexual harassment, domestic abuse and so-called "honor killings."

Speaking before first lady Michelle Obama, the female president of Kyrgyzstan and prime minister of Australia, Clinton said women who protested against Hosni Mubarak’s government expected a role in Egypt’s future.

Yet she lamented that no women were included in efforts to redraft the constitution.

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