aside Will The Real Hillary Please Stand Up, Part III (Early Adult Years )

clinyon-1973-watergate-use-downloadPrior to 1996,  the year when the NY Times conservative columnist William Safire coined the phrase of Hillary Clinton as a congenital liar, there was still a lot of antipathy against her by republicans which started as early as 1974 during the time frame of her second job as a staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Watergate, and this is before she became Mrs. Clinton. Years later in 2008, when she was running for elected office, conservative republicans contrived a story alleging that her boss, Jerry Ziefman had fired her for misconduct without a letter of recommendation. This tale was totally debunked by numerous credible news outlets but it still has legs. I will provide more details in a future blog.


1970s-  The Feminist Movement

In 1973, Hillary Rodham came out on the American stage as a Wellesley honor’s graduate who gave the graduation commencement address which was published in Life Magazine, and an outstanding Yale Law School grad when she accepted her first job.

The millennial women of today may still experience some levels of sexism but not anything like it was in the Mad Men era (mid 1960s through the 1970s). The ease with which young women enter the work environment today is due to women like Hillary Clinton paving the way and paying the price.

Betty Freidman
Betty Freidman

The leaders who had a significant influence in opening doors that young women today, take for granted are now about Hillary Clinton’s age or have passed away. Some of the names are : Betty Friedan who wrote the 1963 book, “The Feminine Mystique” and who organized the Women’s Strike For Equality in 1970, which popularized the feminist movement; Gloria Steinem who co-started a popular women’s magazine and several politically active women’s groups; Bell Hooks, a social activist author of the notable works, “Ain’t I A Woman? Black Women and Feminism and The Feminist Theory” in which she declared, “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression;” Barbara Walters who was the first female “co-host” of any news show while earning 1/2 of her co-host’s salary, and she also became the first female co-anchor of an evening news broadcast for ABC News. From the ’70s until today, she paved the way for women in journalism and in the workforce; Coretta Scott King who was the wife of Martin Luther King, devoted much of her life to women’s equality and she helped found NOW (National Organization for Women) in 1966. In her efforts for women’s rights, King was also notably the first woman to deliver the class day address at Harvard.

Bell Hooks

Maya Angelou who through her literature, public speaking and powerful writing, inspired both women and African Americans to overcome gender and race discrimination; Hillary Clinton who as the former First Lady is the only one to have ever run for public office, serving as the first female Senator from New York and the democratic U.S. Secretary of State. Following her 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination, Clinton re-emerged as one of the top candidates in the 2016 election—proving she’s not going to be held back.

clinton-must-use-photo-quote-it-doesn-t-matter-how-strong-your-opinions-are-if-you-don-t-use-your-power-for-positive-coretta-scott-king-61-5-0518 All these pioneering women have their war stories of having to deal with misogyny on their road to success with their hard earned stripes (internal wounds) which they hesitate to talk about to others. Many of these heroines grew up in an era were it was unseemly for them to talk about themselves and / or to trump their own horns. Peoples from this time warp, will have to figure out how to overcome their reticence when necessary and this includes Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

English actress Helen Mirren, circa 1970. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
English actress Helen Mirren, circa 1970. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

(Source: The 4/11/15 Guardian by Yvonne Roberts, “Ooh, you were awful: why I can’t look back on the sexist 70s with kindness.” Are the 70s guilty (of sexism) as charged? (Helen) Mirren was passing judgment in an interview in a national newspaper last week. In the 1970s, she was in her 20s and 30s and her extraordinary talent had become obvious; she was seen as a posh hippy bohemian not least because of her tattoo–then a sure sign of the subversive counterculture and not the kite mark of the masses as it is now–when she made an appearance  Michael Parkinson’s television chatshow. He asked how someone in their 20s, so “sluttishly erotic,” could be regarded as a serious actress: wouldn’t her “big bosoms” detract from her appearance?”

“It was the decade in which the first women’s strike for equality in the US was held (August 26, 1970. Helen Reddy won a Grammy for the song “I Am Woman.” And in Britain, legislation was passed to tackle discrimination and enforce equal pay, while shelters to help those fleeing domestic violence mushroomed, as did rape crisis centers.”

In those Mad Men Days, the following instance was not unusual. Don’t forget that there were no workforce sexual harassment sensitivity required classes. 

Helen Mirram
Helen Mirram

The author Yvonne Roberts continues: “Spread your legs, enjoy maximum leg-room in the new Pontiac Star Chief” read one US magazine ad, not uncommon in its tone. It passed as normal until the cumulative impact of legislation, changing norms and a sense of vigilance was sharpened. Today, that vigilance is further honed by social media in sites such as The Everyday Sexism Project. In the 70s, even while Mirren and many other women put up with misogyny or risked accusations of a sense of humor bypass, lessons were being learned.” .

 Source: From Hillary Rodham Clinton’s website (Ms. Rodham during 1973 was spared from having to deal with misogyny.)

clinton-past-gtrat-chance-marian-wright-edelman-speaks-at-wise-big-2“In 1973, Marian Wright Edelman started the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a voice for children—one that pays special attention to poor children, children of color, and those with disabilities. One of her first hires was Ms. Hillary Rodham.”(She had managed to obtain a grant so that she could intern with Marian Edelman while in law school.)

Hillary Rodham in her 30s
Hillary Rodham in her 30s

“In 1973, as a staff lawyer, Hillary took on a project to figure out why 2 million U.S. children were not in school. Hillary, along with other activists and advocates, knocked on doors and talked to families all over America; they found that many schools were denying access to children with disabilities, children who couldn’t afford to pay for books, non-English speakers, and other students needing assistance.”

Gloria Steiner and Eve Ensker
Gloria Steiner and Eve Ensker

“I went door to door trying to identify the source of a troubling statistic,” Hillary says. “I found children who weren’t in school because of physical disabilities like blindness and deafness. I also found school-age siblings at home babysitting their younger brothers and sisters while their parents worked. On the small back porch off her family’s home in a neighborhood of Portuguese-American fishermen, I met a girl in a wheelchair, who told me how much she wanted to go to school.”

Young Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters

“Hillary’s work—and the Children’s Defense Fund report she helped produce—led to a federal law guaranteeing access to public school education for children with disabilities.”

“Hillary spent almost 20 years with the Children’s Defense Fund, serving on the organization’s board until 1991. And today, Hillary credits the Children’s Defense Fund—and Marian—with helping her find the mission that would become her life’s work.


  1. Glass ceilings are made with double panes as they are so hard to break. This imperfect woman has to put up with more obstacles than her opponent or any man. Her opponent has done more in his history to never be let near the White House, yet it still is a largely untold story as eyes are on her. His history is one of exploitation, lying and narcissism and hers is one of public service and yet she is viewed with less integrity. This man has bragged on buying politicians to do his bidding, then says he did not buy off the FL Attorney General to not sue Trump University, yet she is the one who is being watched closely.


    • Dear Keith, What is so frustrating is that recent polls show that likely voters view HRC as being more dishonest than Donald Trump? What planet are we on? There is no comparison. Gronda


      • Our electorate is an ill-informed electorate and has been for some time. That is the premise of Hugh Curtler’s posts, as a democracy requires an informed electorate. The GOP has done an excellent job of creating the HRC Legend. This is why the Benghazi hearings were held continuously. Yes, she had some fault, but per Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice, it was a witchhunt. She has made mistakes, but the legend has been cultivated, as you note.

        Trump’s modus operandi is to exploit, lie and cheat. One of his attorneys said “Trump lies all the time.” He still stiffs contractors and forces people to sue him to get paid. Then he counter sues and they drop the charges. These are those hard working people he professes he wants to help. What is interesting, he does not pay his attorneys, on occasion, as well. He has had 3,500 lawsuits in 45 years, which is 1 1/2 per week. And, for those that think the lawsuits are in the past, he has had 100 lawsuits since the campaign started and has the three class action lawsuits waiting for him for Trump U after the election.


        • Dear Keith, The Benghazi hearings did not cover certain facts that have bothered me. A CIA operation was very much tied into the diplomatic compound. The compound was not a regular embassy having to meet specific security regulations.

          One of the problems was that security folks which were supposed to provide protection to the compound were hired out to a local concern. When the compound was breached, this local security team cut and ran; One of the gates was not locked as it should have been. I want to know who okayed the hiring of this local security team.

          The reason Ambassador Chris Stevens and his associate died was from smoke inhalation in a safe room. The terrorists were not able to penetrate the room but they were able to set fire. Why were there no masks in the room as this possibility was foreseeable. And having masks would not have been that expensive.

          Six CIA hired security (high level ex military experts) were close to the compound on the evening of the attack. When they heard people screaming, they were told by their CIA boss to stand down while he tried to get help for at least 1/2 hour. They finally ignored the orders and went in to the compound to save lives. 2 of these men lost their lives that night and one was seriously injured.

          These men have gone public on this story. They are absolutely convinced that if they had not been ordered to stand down at a crucial time, the outcome would have been much better. Any questions along these lines were very superficial if asked at all. Yes, there is a lot more. This is how I know the hearings were bogus.

          These men deserve better, Gronda.


  2. Dear Keith, Yes, I am disappointed in the electorate. Today, I spent 2 full hours in the hot sun getting folks to register. Tomorrow, I will be working at this again. Next week I’ll be contacting church leaders to set up registration drives as well as working the phones. Fortunately, there are a lot of other volunteers doing similar type work. If the Florida election is dependent on the ground game, we should win. I do not take the heat well, Gronda,


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