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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 01:12 PM

Inside the Last Days of the Hillary Clinton Campaign by Jen Palmeri

Jennifer Palmieri is the former Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the author of Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World coming out March 27, 2018.

I have to tell you that when I first joined Hillaryís campaign, I didnít think it was going to be that hard or even that big of a deal to elect the first woman president. Letís just say after having gone through this campaign, I have a different perspective.

Before I delve into all that happened in the campaign, I want to be clear that while misogyny and sexism were a problem on the campaign trail, I donít believe everyone who voted against Hillary did so for sexist reasons. But I do believe we encountered an unconscious but pervasive gender bias that held Hillary back in many ways. I think itís that subtle gender bias that made people find her so vexing. I think it comes from her being someone who pushed the boundaries of roles held by women for 40 years.

ďMove forward, draw fire.Ē That was a line two of the Secret Service agents on Hillaryís detail would say to each other when they were managing a tricky internal situation. ďGuess we only have one option left,Ē they would say. ďMove forward, draw fire.Ē It always made me laugh. I found it to be true on the campaign side of the operation, too. Itís not an optimal political strategy. It would be better to just move forward. But itís rare in politics when an offensive move doesnít come with some collateral damage. You have to be comfortable with that. Women are particularly uneasy with drawing fire. Which is too bad. Because nothing draws fire like a woman moving forward.

Flying back from Florida on Oct. 29, 2016, the day after the infamous Comey letter came out, I joked with Hillary about what seemed to be her ever-growing number of opponents. It felt like we had four men running against us ó Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange, and Jim Comey. I donít believe it is a coincidence that the first woman nominee of a major party ended up being hounded by four men, all taking actions that would influence the campaign in ways never before seen in our countryís history. Maybe thatís just how presidential campaigns are in the 21st-century. Or maybe there was just something about her the four of them didnít like.

I think a lot of women initially viewed the uncertain post-Nov. 9 world with unease. We had lived our lives playing by a certain set of rules, and they had failed us. We didnít know what to make of it at first. Could it be that women are meant to go only so far in the world? No, that canít be it. Women havenít plateaued; it is the rules we were playing by that are outdated. We are learning to appreciate that with this uncertainty comes an empowering new sense of possibility. I look around at all that women are doing in America today and I am inspired. Women arenít just running for office in record numbers, they are winning in record numbers, too. In the worlds of art, politics, and business, women arenít following anyoneís rules ó they are creating their own game.

Read more: http://time.com/5207773/jennifer-palmieri-hillary-clinton-campaign/#d70876f5-3b56-4489-8eba-49cadc10bd3a

Above are some snips, but the whole article is well worth the read.

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