there’s a ‘game that keeps women in their place’

In an interview with the New York Times on Saturday, the defeated presidential candidate spoke frankly about misogyny

‘It’s a pressure cooker all the time,’ said Clinton, shown here speaking during a 2016 presidential debate with her opponent, Donald Trump, looming behind her Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

While promoting her newly released memoir, Hillary Clinton has placed blame on several factors for her loss to Donald Trump last November – from her own mistakes, to Russian interference in the US election, and the late intervention by then-FBI director James Comey.

But Clinton has also spoken candidly about how deep-rooted sexism played a hand in her defeat, and about the double standards she faced as the first woman nominated by a major party for president in America’s 240-year history.

In an interview with the New York Times published Saturday, Clinton spoke further about how misogyny is used as a tool to hold women back.

“This has to be called out for what it is: a cultural, political, economic game that’s being played to keep women in their place,” Clinton said.

“The idea that women have to fit certain stereotypes; that’s a weight around the ankle of every ambitious woman I’ve ever met,” she added. “We get constant messaging our whole lives: You’re not thin enough, talented enough, smart enough. Your voice isn’t what we want to hear.”

Gender is a dominant theme in Clinton’s book, What Happened, a 469-page autopsy of her campaign that takes readers behind-the-scenes through pivotal moments throughout the race. Although she achieved many firsts, from being the first woman elected to the US Senate from New York to her nomination for president, Clinton confesses in several chapters to struggling with how to tell her story.

“It’s difficult for me to see my story as one of revolution,” Clinton told the Times. “But I was part of the women’s movement that led to a revolution not just in laws, but in attitudes and doors that had been closed to young women opening.”

“I’m also conscious of the continuing double standard,” she added. “I have to be better than everyone; I have to work harder.”

“There’s no margin for me when others have so much leeway. It’s a pressure cooker all the time.”

A number of reports released in the aftermath of the election explored the impact of sexism and found voters weighted Trump and Clinton on a different scale, in part due to attitudes toward gender.

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