Hillary Clinton and the Return of the (Unbaked) Cookies

With a single response in 1992 to a question about her legal career, Hillary Clinton became a radical feminist in her critics’ imagination, the Lady Macbeth who was an affront to the choices so many other women had made. “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession,” she said during Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. The blowback was intense and she spent weeks apologizing, saying that she respected women who chose to stay at home and raise children.

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