News flash: Hillary Clinton considers herself a feminist.
In an interview for the Lenny email newsletter with Lena Dunham, the liberal feminist auteur/actress/public intellectual, Clinton offered a broad definition of feminism, and in the process stumbled upon an unlikely sisterhood with Carly Fiorina, the only other woman in the presidential race.
“I think the question on every Lenny reader’s lips is: Do you consider yourself a feminist?” Dunham asked the Democratic primary front-runner.
Yes. Absolutely. I’m always a little bit puzzled when any woman, of whatever age but particularly a young woman, says something like, “Well, I believe in equal rights, but I’m not a feminist.” Well, a feminist is by definition someone who believes in equal rights! I’m hoping that people will not be afraid to say—that doesn’t mean you hate men. It doesn’t mean that you want to separate out the world so that you’re not part of ordinary life. That’s not what it means at all! It just means that we believe women have the same rights as men, politically, culturally, socially, economically. That’s what it means. And if you don’t believe that about yourself as a woman, please, go ask yourself: Why? What is holding you back? And it’s not going to be good for you as a woman to be denying the fact that you are entitled to equal rights. And so, yes, I’m a feminist, and I say it whenever I’m asked.
Fiorina, likely the first GOP presidential candidate to openly self-identify as a feminist, has given a remarkably similar answer on what feminism means to her. She agrees that women and men need to be treated equally, but disagrees on specific ways to level the playing field.