In September's 'Glamour,' Hillary Clinton Has The Perfect Response To People Calling Her The B-Word
This month, Glamour's Editor-In-Chief Cindi Leive got to interview Hillary Clinton on sexism, politics and diplomacy for Glamour's upcoming September issue. As for the big question, you'll have to keep waiting — no word yet on the big choice, a decision which she has to know could turn her into the biggest, brightest target the Republican Party will have in 2016. But the interview is a fascinating read on Hillary's outlook, highlighting her beliefs about personal diplomacy, how to handle sexism, and the double standards that D.C.'s female politicos have to face.
On Dealing With Sexism Now...
Hillary's had a long, sprawling career, both in politics and in her earlier days as a lawyer in Arkansas. And, as comes as no surprise, sexism has had impact on both periods of her life. Leive asked Hillary how she dealt with sexist language and attacks in her 2008 campaign — mentioning the amount of times she's been called a "bitch."
That's is just one approach to dealing with misogyny, obviously, and it's tempered by the unique demands of her role in society — politicians of all stripes are forced to exercise restraint in response to public attacks, though in Hillary's case, they can get especially personal and nasty.
... And Dealing With Sexism Then
Hillary's experience taking the admissions test for Harvard Law School in the 1970's also adds vital historical context — context about just how awful some male law students were back then, with the Vietnam War still in full swing.
Sounds like a classy bunch of guys. This was a familiar attack against women in college throughout the Vietnam era, as though they should've been deprived of education and careers thanks to a war-mired government. The same thing was said to former Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair Brooksley Born, the woman who predicted the financial crisis.
On Diplomacy, and the Personal Touch
If there's one thing you can be sure about, it's that a President Hillary Clinton would have plenty of practice dealing with world leaders on the biggest stages — a four-year tenure as U.S. Secretary of State is about as great preparation as you could hope for. Citing Hillary's book and recent nationwide tour, Leive asked her about her interest in the personal side of diplomacy — "the long walks, the teas, the personal conversations that then allow you to get things done."
On Getting Into Politics if You're a Woman
Solidarity between women, against sexism, is something that clearly matters a lot to Hillary. When answering about the sexist attacks she's endured, she said this plainly: "Women standing up for each other is critically important."
And in her political career, she's walked the walk on this at least once — she recently claimed the 2008 Obama campaign asked her to attack then-GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin a day after she was selected. As Palin was still a relative unknown, Hillary regarded the request as sexist, and refused.
As she told ABC News in April:
Despite her extending that good-faith, wait-and-see approach with Palin, however, she's very aware that the personal and brutal nature of major party politics could dissuade a younger generation of women from getting involved. But there's always going to be a need for new women to step forward into the fray, and as she told Leive, there's always time to do so.
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