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Hillary Clinton says women still face double standard

Hillary Clinton says the double standard for women still persists, and advises young women not to take criticism personally.

By Frances Burns
Hillary Clinton says women still face double standard
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng after being presented the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize, on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 6, 2013. UPI/Molly Riley | License Photo

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton and Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund exchanged a high-five during an appearance in New York at the suggestion both could be presidents.

The two women were in a discussion Thursday night moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as part of the "Women in the World" event. Friedman said Clinton could become U.S. president, while Lagarde, a former French cabinet minister and now the IMF's managing director, could be president of the European Commission.

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Clinton remained cagy about her own plans, refusing to answer several times when Friedman asked her if she will seek the Democratic nomination in 2016.

After years of experience as a lawyer, U.S. senator, and secretary of state, as well as being the wife of a governor who then became president, Clinton said the double standard for women still exists. She said its survival in a "transformational" society like the United States shows how strong it is.

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“We have all either experienced it or at the very least seen it. And there is a deep set of cultural psychological views that are manifest through this double standard,” Clinton said.

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Clinton said the news media helps keep the double standard alive. She said young women need to learn how to deal with criticism -- not taking it personally -- and to develop resilience.

“Believe me,” she said, “this is hard-won advice I’m now putting forward here. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. But it’s a process. And you need other women, you need your friends, to support you.”

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