Hillary Clinton Has a Message for Today's Young Women

September 9th 2015

Laura Donovan

Presidential primary candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked sexism, double standards against women, and her undying email controversy on an upcoming "Ellen DeGeneres Show" appearance set to air Thursday.

Of course, the sit-down with comedian Ellen DeGenres wasn't all serious business. Clinton also had some playful fun during the appearance by joking around with comedian Amy Schumer and doing the popular "Nae Nae" dance in front of the camera.


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Entertainment aside, DeGeneres brought up the not-so-funny fact that people continue to talk about Clinton's email controversy even though no one has been able to pinpoint any incriminating messages in the thousands of email documents Clinton turned over to the U.S. State Department when she was criticized for using two different email accounts during while she served as secretary of state.

"I will say that I personally believe that women are held to a different standard than men," DeGeneres said. "We are held to a different standard for our weight, for our age, for our looks..."

"Yep," Clinton said.

“And it’s not fair,” DeGeneres continued, “because you are the smartest, most qualified person for this job. If I’m looking for someone who’s qualified... If I look at all the other candidates—someone who is for rights across the board, equal rights for women, equal rights for every ethnicity, equal rights for everyone—the only person I can look at is you.”

Clinton thanked DeGeneres for the sentiment and agreed that women are indeed held to a higher standard than men.

"First of all, look, I think it’s just a reality that we’re held to a higher, different double-standard," Clinton said. "And it gets a little old to be honest.”

Looking to the audience, Clinton said, “All these wonderful, beautiful young women who are here—don’t get discouraged, don’t give in, don’t give up, don’t quit.”