Hillary Clinton On Women In The Public Arena: ‘Grow Skin As Thick As The Hide Of A Rhinocero’

23 July 2014 by

Hillary urges women to grow a thick skin [Getty]

Will we see the first female American President in the next US election?

Hillary Clinton has been a front-runner for some time now and despite running for Presidency in 2008, the former Secretary of State secretary has yet to confirm if she will be going for the top job in 2016.

When quizzed on the matter she has avoided answering directly but supporters are hoping it’s a big fat yes! President Obama has commented that although she is more than capable, the question remains if she wants to go through the  ‘undignifying process’ of running for a second time.

This week, as part of her current book tour for Hard Choices, Hilary visited Twitter HQ in Silicon Valley to take part in a Twitter Q&A.

When discussing young women in the public arena both in private and public sectors, Hillary urged women to ‘stay focused’ and added ‘you may not be criticised for your ideas or efforts but you will be criticised for how you look or how you wear your hair but its all meant to throw you off balance’

She rounded off her answer with a quote from the longest serving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and said ‘grow skin as thick as the hide of a Rhinocero’ Sound advice Hils!

Hillary also reminded the audience that she also has had to do just that. Pointing to her skin she said ‘as you can tell, I have had to learn how to do that’ adding ‘there's a lot of good moisturizers I can tell you about if you're interested.’

As the questions rolled in Katie Stanton, Twitter's vice-president of global media put forward questions from the public including some A-list stars and influencers such as Malala Yousafzai. Malala tweeted to the hashtag #AskHilary and asked:

She also took a question from Kerry Washington who tweeted:

 Watch Hillary’s responses in full in the video below...


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