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Gloria Steinem Campaigns for Hillary Clinton

Steinem's Shocking "Secretary" Statement. Do You Agree?

What's going on with women lately? Yesterday we told you about Charlotte Allen's Washington Post editorial, and now Gloria Steinem's joined in? While campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton in Texas this weekend, Gloria Steinem spouted off several potentially surprising statements. The major coverage of the story has focused on her statement that John McCain's experience as a POW has not prepared him for the job of president, saying,

“I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so.”

The statement that stood out to me however, wasn't about Clinton's opponents, but a statement about Hillary, and more broadly, the current state of feminism. Steinem remarked about whether Hillary's experience as first lady was good preparation for the job of president. She said it might make people,

“finally admit that, say, being a secretary is the best way to learn your boss’s job and take it over.”

Steinem concluded the campaign rally with a top ten list of reasons to support Hillary Clinton, which included: “We get Bill Clinton as Eleanor Roosevelt.”

Were you shocked that Gloria Steinem would liken Hillary's time as first lady as being the boss's secretary? Are her ideas of feminism outdated, or right on?


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