Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says one of the biggest challenges being the first female presidential nominee is beating back “thousands of years” of sexist attitudes.
Clinton made the remark during a softball interview with Mary J. Blige on the singer’s Apple TV show The 411.
“Do you think it’s hard for a woman to be both tough and likeable?” Blige asked.
In answering, Clinton portrayed herself as much more than a presidential candidate. The former first lady suggested that her bid for the White House will undo millennia of casual sexism.
“Yes, I think it’s really hard, to be honest,” she said. “I think it’s rooted in tens of thousands of years of how people’s lives have been defined, what it’s meant to be a woman or a man. For women to be assuming leading roles … it still is not fully understood because there’s no blueprint for doing it.”
Clinton said her presidential bid is an attempt to break the “highest and hardest glass ceiling.”
“I hope, though, that by running this campaign and by I hope winning this campaign, it’s really going to change a lot of people’s minds, and it will open doors for a lot of other people too,” she said.
As for her scandals, the Democratic presidential hopeful said they’re mostly manufactured.
“I’ve always been the same person,” she replied. “When you’re in the public eye, whether it’s in entertainment or politics, you do have the challenge of presenting yourself and have people perceive you as you think you are.”
She added: “I think some of the misperception is manufactured, and some of it I take responsibility for, that I’m not communicating clearly enough what I care about and what I do.”
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