Hillary Clinton Points Out A Sexist Double Standard In Her Post-Election Treatment

"They never said that to any man who was not elected."

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton isn't going to "shut up" after losing the 2016 election, and as she pointed out Thursday during a speaking event, the fact that people even expect her to points to a sexist double standard.

According to The Hill, during a talk at Rutgers University in New Jersey, moderator Ruth Mandel, director of Eagleton Institute of Politics, asked Clinton about critics who say she should "get off the public stage and shut up."


The former secretary of state, who was the first female presidential candidate for a major party in American history, has continued to make speeches, launched a political group, and published a book after the election. Some headlines have suggested she "stop talking about 2016" and "go quietly into the night."

Clinton said she had someone who works for her research how other losing candidates were treated after the election, and they found something troubling — but sadly not very surprising. "They never said that to any man who was not elected. I was kind of struck by that," she said.

"I'm really glad that, you know, Al Gore didn't stop talking about climate change," Clinton pointed out. "And I'm really glad John Kerry went to the Senate and became an excellent secretary of state. And I'm really glad John McCain kept speaking out and standing up and saying what he had to say. And for heaven's sakes, Mitt Romney is running for the Senate."

During her appearance, Clinton also spoke about the similarly sexist treatment of other female politicians, including the moment Sen. Mitch McConnell silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren, adding "nevertheless, she persisted" to the lexicon. She added that it's "very encouraging" to see so many women running for office.

"Look, we have to call this behavior out," she said, according to NorthJersey.com. "And we should be very clear that we still don't have enough women in politics, and we still don't have enough women in elected office, but it's about time that women were allowed to be themselves the way men are allowed to be themselves."

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