The What Happened Book Club

image of Hillary Clinton's book 'What Happened' sitting on my dining room table, with my Hillary action figure standing on top of the book, her arms raised over her head

This is the sixth installment of the What Happened Book Club, where we are doing a chapter a week.

That pace will hopefully allow people who need time to procure the book a better chance to catch up, and let us deal with the book in manageable pieces: I figured we will have a lot to talk about, and one thread for the entire book would quickly get overwhelming.

So! Let us continue our discussion with Chapter Six: On Being a Woman in Politics.

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That this particular chapter fell on this particular day is almost too perfect. Here we are, a year after an election that was a referendum on how this nation values women, and it's abundantly clear, clearer than ever, that institutional misogyny is a national shame with which we must meaningfully reckon.

There is so, so much to talk about in this chapter, but this stood out as my absolute favorite passage:
I found that the decades of work I had done on women and families served me well in all those places, because it meant that I understood the intricacies of people's lives. I knew how governments could help or hurt families. I knew how to marshal resources and support to the people who needed them most. It turned out that my work on so-called women's and children's issues prepared me well for nearly everything else I've ever done.
I don't even know how to explain what that last sentence means to me, and how important I think it is. But if you've been reading here for more than a minute, I'm guessing you get it.

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