In a rare, candid post on the blog Humans of New York, Clinton traced her public persona as a politician back to her being as a young woman applying to law school. She shared:
"I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that's a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don't want to seem 'walled off.'"
In the post, the 68-year-old recalled getting ready to take a law school admissions test at Harvard when she noticed only a handful of women were taking the exam.
As the future Secretary of State waited for the exam to be distributed, a group of men started taunting the women — hurling insults like: "You don't need to be here" and "There's plenty else you can do."
"One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I'll get drafted, and I'll go to Vietnam, and I'll die.' And they weren't kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn't respond. I couldn't afford to get distracted because I didn't want to mess up the test."
And that was just the beginning of her uphill battle into the patriarchal world of politics!