WOMEN
07/24/2014 09:49 am ET

Why The Shift In Hillary Clinton's Gender Politics Matters For Young Women

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 23:  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during news conference following a round table event
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 23: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during news conference following a round table event to launch the 'Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing' campaign at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute on July 23, 2014 in Oakland, California. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the 'Talking is Teaching; Talk Read Sing' campaign in partnership withToo Small to Fail and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation that encourages parents and caregivers to close the word gap by talking, singing and reading to children every day from the birth. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton is one of the most high-profile women in U.S. politics today, and that comes with a heavy cost. She’s criticized for not wearing the right outfits, for not caring enough about her appearance, for crying during the 2008 presidential campaign, and for not having made the right choices during her time at State, among everything else you can think of.

While close scrutiny and criticism is par for the course for any public figure, especially in politics, Hillary has been in for a double dose because she’s not just a politician: She’s a woman, and the wife of Bill Clinton, no less, which allows critics to weave in lewd comments about Monica Lewinsky and other juvenile remarks into discussions that are, ostensibly, about Mrs. Clinton.

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