We know Chelsea Clinton has a lot of intelligent things to say about feminism, poverty, and education — but it’s the Chelsea Clinton quotes about her mother that are definitely the most adorable. Hillary is the one who taught Chelsea about equality and about demanding respect, but she’s more than just a role model for Chelsea; she’s her mom. So if you’re still debating whether or not you’re on #TeamHillary, maybe Chelsea will be able to convince you.
Chelsea’s just-released book, It’s Your World , encourages young people to get informed on world issues and to take political action. Her passion for engaging kids from a young age most likely comes from her own childhood, when her parents used to stage debates with her when she was just 6 years old. Yeah, I was just playing with my Furby — which may be why nobody’s ever suggested I run for president. (That, and the fact I’m not a U.S. citizen. Let’s blame it mainly on that part.)
With that impressive of an upbringing, it’s no wonder Chelsea Clinton calls her mom “her hero.” She expressed her surprise to NBC that Hillary is slipping in the polls, countering that she “believes so strongly that [Hillary] would make a great president.” And with all these other lovely things Chelsea has to say about her mother, I can see why she’s so convinced.
I remember ... being in 1st grade and this little boy bullying me, and the teachers just being like, “He’s just being a boy. You can’t expect to be treated differently. Boys are just going to be boys.” Which, of course, is so outlandish — I should be OK in being expected to be treated with respect … I’m so grateful that I had my mom, because on the way home from that PTA meeting where I was told “Boys will be boys,” and I said, “Mom, that sounds crazy to me,” she said, “Yes, you’re absolutely right, you deserve to be treated with the same respect as any boy, whether that’s by the boys themselves or with the teachers."
Casual sexism like this can slip under the radar, but it’s what perpetuates very real sexism when these boys grow up. Luckily, Hillary Clinton gets that and made it clear to Chelsea that she should never have to put up with being made to feel small.
On Finding Her Passions
I'd worked really hard to find what I cared about, and through that hard work and introspection, I realized that I cared most about the things my parents, and particularly my mom, cared about most.
I can’t say I blame Chelsea for trying to break away from her famous parents, but in the end, she told Levo League that she just respected Hillary’s judgment too much.
On Her Mom Being A Female President
When you ask about the importance of having a woman president, absolutely it's important. … One of our core values in this country is that we are the land of equal opportunity, but when equal hasn't yet included gender, there is a fundamental challenge there that, I believe, having our first woman president — whenever that is — will help resolve.
While Hillary absolutely deserves to be evaluated on her own merits, Chelsea said to ELLE that it would also be pretty fantastic to see a woman in the White House at last.
I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me.
She may be a potential president of the United States — but first and foremost, Hillary is Chelsea’s mother. Chelsea announced at a Clinton Foundation event just how brilliant Hillary was at that important role.
On Her Mother’s Campaign
I’m not a pundit. I’m a daughter. And I love and admire my mom. I know that she's talking about issues that are important to families across our country. … I believe that is starting to resonate. I believe as more and more Americans hear from her, they'll come to know why I'm so proud to be my mother's daughter.
Well, if that isn’t a sound endorsement, I don’t know what is.