What Will Hillary Clinton Do Next?
[Editor's note: Hillary Clinton is leaving. After her extraordinary turn as secretary of state, Clinton announced last week that she’s tired. She won't be coming back. After everything she’s been through the past 20 years--the law career, the First Lady episode, the Bill scandal, the triumphant Senate stint, the agonizing presidential bid, the Cabinet comeback--who wouldn’t be? I, for one, can’t wait to see what she does next. Whether you like Hillary or not, there’s no question that her influence on women and politics has been profound. Sady Doyle at In These Times takes a look back. What do you think Hillary should do next?--Mona]
For decades, Hillary Clinton has served as a litmus test for just how much the American public will accept from a smart, ambitious, assertive, feminist woman: How much she can reasonably hope to attain, and what opposition she will face. Her basic competence has never truly been in question; her “likability,” the ability of society to accept her, always has been. And women have projected their deepest hopes and fears onto her throughout.