You go, Madam!
Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about double standards — and because of that, understands that the public can sometime view her as “cold.”
However, the Presidential nominee insists those misperceived traits are actually just from years of learning to “control” her emotions!
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: ├óΓé¼╦£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!
Clinton admitted there are times where she can come across as “walled off,” taking responsibility for the perception while simultaneously discrediting it. She added:
“I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
Seeing as the candidate still faces sexist remarks on the daily, we don’t think sometimes coming off as aloof bothers her too much.
Just look at her flawless clap back to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who criticized her for not smiling during this week’s Commander-In-Chief forum:
Just another day for HRC.
[Image via ABC.]