"Take criticism seriously but not personally," is Hillary’s message.

More successful a woman is less likeable she becomes Hillary Clinton on misogyny in politicsHillary Clinton‏/Twitter
Social Politics Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 18:17

In her first post-election interview, Hillary Clinton opened up about - among many other things - misogyny in elections and what it means to be a woman in public service.

Hillary, who was being interviewed by columnist and author Nicholas Kristof at the Women of the World Summit in New York, urged people, especially young women, to join politics and public service. This, she said, not only because it is a "worthy and satisfying way to make a living", but also because they are needed there.

"However, having said that, probably one of the first things I would say to them: Yeah, be ready. It is a not a new phenomenon but it feels new and painful every time it happens to you," she said.

She also mentioned a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt made several decades ago about how women in politics needs to grow rhino-thick skin. "And boy do I relate to that," Clinton exclaimed.

"It’s a pretty simple but unfortunate phenomenon. With men, success and ambition are correlated with likability. So the more successful a man is, the more likable he becomes. With a woman, guess what? It’s the exact opposite. So the more successful and therefore ambitious a woman is, the less likable she becomes. That’s the inverse correlation that lies at the heart of a lot of the attacks and the misogyny," she said.

She however had a message for young women entering politics: "Toughen up your skin, take criticism seriously but not personally."

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