Chelsea Clinton: A Woman President Will Make a ‘Substantive Difference’

Photo via Elle/Paola Kudacki
Photo via Elle/Paola Kudacki

Chelsea Clinton says it’s great that about 20% of Congress is made up of women, but success for women should be defined by more — like maybe having a woman in the White House.

In a stroke of good timing, Clinton will be on the May cover of ELLE magazine that hits newsstands April 21. Excerpts of her wide-ranging interview were released Friday — just two days before her mother, Hillary Clinton, is set to formally declare her candidacy for president.

“Since when did 20% become the definition of equality?” Chelsea Clinton told ELLE. “And so when you ask about the importance of having a woman president, absolutely it’s important for, yes, symbolic reasons.”

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, teamed together to produce the No Ceilings Full Participation Report  — a data-driven, yearlong look at the progress and challenges facing women and girls around the globe. Hillary Clinton is expected to make gender equality issues a key part of her presidential campaign.

More from the Chelsea Clinton interview:

…When equal hasn’t yet included gender, there is a fundamental challenge there that, I believe, having our first woman president — whenever it is — will help resolve. And do I think it would make a substantive difference? Yes, we’ve seen again and again, when women have been in positions of leadership, they have had different degrees of success versus their male counterparts, historically being able to build more consensus so that decisions have longer-term effects. Who sits around the table matters. And who sits at the head of the table matters, too.

SOURCE: USA Today OnPolitics – Catalina Camia

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