Let's travel back to 1992 when Hillary Clinton came under fire for a comment about baking cookies, of all things. Here's what went down. In the Democratic primary, Bill Clinton was running against California politician Jerry Brown. During a debate, Brown accused Bill of "funneling money to his wife's law firm." That put Hillary's job as a lawyer in the spotlight. Going against the norms of a politician's wife, Hillary had a prominent career in law and continued it after her husband entered public life.
When Hillary was asked about Brown's comment, she responded: "I suppose I could have stayed home, baked cookies, and had teas." The remark outraged many voters, who perceived it as a knock against stay-at-home wives and moms. Not surprisingly, the full quote was not reported. After mentioning cookies, Hillary went on to say, "The work that I have done as a professional, a public advocate, has been aimed . . . to assure that women can make the choices whether it's full-time career, full-time motherhood, or some combination." Despite her efforts for accepting all women, the damage was done.
With time, Hillary's 1992 comment became an example of feminism. Instead of giving up her career for her husband to proverbially bake cookies, she decided to pursue a profession she started before her husband took office. Her dedication to her own work has led her to become the first woman to win a presidential nomination in the United States. And just this month, Bill was even asked to share his chocolate chip cookie recipe with the magazine Family Circle.