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Hillary Clinton Says ‘Misogyny’ Played Part in Loss, But Still Gives Girls Hope for Future

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Hillary Clinton gave her first interview since her loss to Donald Trump in the US Presidential election  — and it did not disappoint. 

Clinton was introduced onstage at Tina Brown’s Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit in New York Thursday by comedian Samantha Bee, who told the audience that she was looking forward to what Clinton would say “when the person she’s sharing the stage with is not constantly yelling ‘Wrong!’” 

The audience gave Clinton a standing ovation as she entered and sat for an interview with journalist Nicholas Kristof with a focus on encouraging women to run for office and fight misogyny in politics. 

She spent her time onstage with Kristof in the same way she plans to do offstage, by encouraging women to run for office and fight misogyny in politics, and writing a book. 

 It’s not easy, as Clinton knows after losing the election. Nevertheless, with cheers from the crowd throughout the night, she displayed vulnerability as she gave advice on her own experience.

Here are nine questions answered from Clinton’s first interview that give us hope for women’s rights, peace, and the future of politics. 


First the question we’ve all been wondering — “How is she?” 

“You know I’m doing pretty well all things considered. The aftermath of the election was pretty devastating. I just had to make up my mind that ‘yes’ I was going to get out of bed, and I was going to go for a lot of long walks in the woods, spend time with my family… As a person I’m okay, as an American I’m pretty worried.” 

Here’s Her Plan for the Future: 

“I'm going to spend a lot of my time encouraging young people, particularly women, to go into politics... I believe not only is it satisfying, but we need [women in government.] So I'm going to work with some of the organizations springing up to see how I can advise, mentor...However I will say, ‘yeah be ready’ because [misogyny in politics] is not a new phenomenon, but it's new to you.” 

Here’s Why She Thinks She Lost: 

There is a constant struggle not just for women — for men too — in living through a change that is about holding onto security of what you have right now. I think in this election there was a really big struggle in what was viewed as change that was exciting and welcome for so many Americans, and was threatening to others. You layer over a woman president over that and I think it was too much for some people. 

Why Clinton Thinks Putin Targeted Her in the Election: 

“People ask me ‘why do you think he did that to you?’, and I don't think it's too complicated… You know I don't think he's too fond of strong women. Although he did shake hands with me!” 

On Whether She Thinks She Faced Sexism From the Start 

“I was asked to do a man's job by the Obama Administration and I tried. People thought I had done a really good job, which I was really touched by. Well, look what happened by the time they were finished with me I was ‘Typhoid Mary.’ Poor Typhoid Mary, she didn’t deserve it either.” 


“I'm going to spend a lot of my time encouraging young people, particularly women, to go into politics."

Here’s What She Thinks About Women Running for Office: 

“I want you to run, recruit people, call Congress.. But toughen up your skin. Look I'm not perfect, everybody knows that by now, and people criticize. They always say what I should have done, but I don't take it personally. 

Here’s Her Stance Opposing the Global Gag Rule:

This isn't just in our interest for women, it's in our interest for national security… Women's issues are [matters] of national security around the world.

Here’s What She Thinks About White Men Making Choices on Women’s Health: 

“Why do we have to cover women’s maternity care? Well I dunno maybe you were dropped by immaculate conception.”  

And on the topic of Syria:

“It’s time the Russians are afraid of us because it's time we stand up for the human rights of Syrian people.”

“Let me say one more thing about this because there will be people who say ‘it's not our fight’, ‘why should care about this?’ We are an interconnected world, and that impact can have an effect on you.” 


This isn't just in our interest for women, it's in our interest for national security… Women's issues are [matters] of national security around the world.

As for her plans to run again, Clinton said no. She plans to make a difference in another way, for now. 

But her immense influence is not lost on girls of the future, as more women run for office in  the US, and the world