Hillary Clinton spoke to the Professional Business Women California Conference yesterday, and, during a section in which she spoke about facing misogyny in the workplace, she addressed the vile mistreatment of Rep. Maxine Waters and April Ryan, noting that these are indignities women face—and are obliged to keep doing their jobs despite—every day on the job. (Including her.)
...to get ahead. I bet just about everyone in this room has had the experience of saying something in a meeting that gets ignored; ten, twenty minutes later, a man says the same thing and everybody thinks it's genius! [appreciative laughter and applause from the audience]This, among many other reasons, is why I will never ever get over it. She is a woman who stands up for women.
And I think we should pool our respective reactions so that you have right at your fingertips [snaps her fingers] exactly what to say. "Nice thought. A little slow on the uptake, but good idea." [laughter and applause]
And where everyday sexism and structural barriers were once blatant, today they're sometimes harder to spot, but, make no mistake, they're still with us. Just look at all that's happened in the last few days to women who were simply doing their jobs.
April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House press room, when she was patronized and cut off, trying to ask a question. One of your own California congresswomen, Maxine Waters, was taunted with a racist joke about her hair.
Now, too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. But why should we have to?
And any woman who thinks this couldn't be directed at her is living in a dreamworld. [applause]
I mean, it's not like I didn't know all the nasty things they were saying about me. [laughter] Some of them were actually quite creative; ones I hadn't heard before! [laughter]
But you just have to keep going.