Hillary Clinton doesn’t have much sympathy for those who complain that they can’t have it all. As a woman who has gone on to be one of the most respected politicians in office, she says she thinks people should stop putting up their own barriers that prevent them from doing what they want with their lives.
“I can’t stand whining,” she tells Marie Claire in a lengthy new interview. “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they’ve made. You live in a time when there are endless choices … Money certainly helps, and having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way, but you don’t even have to have money for it. But you have to work on yourself … Do something!”
In addition, Clinton responds to the cover story her former director of policy planning, Anne-Marie Slaughter, wrote for The Atlantic this summer. Titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Slaughter attributed her need to quit her job as a member of Clinton’s staff to the fact that she couldn’t balance her work life with her familial responsibilities.
The Marie Claire story describes Clinton’s “disapproval” of Slaughter’s sentiments as being “palpable,” and says that the Secretary of State for President Barack Obama was quick to defend her stance on female rights.
“It’s important for our workplaces … to be more flexible and creative in enabling women to continue to do high-stress jobs while caring for not only children, but [also] aging parents,” Clinton says. “Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs … Other women don’t break a sweat. They have four or five, six kids. They’re highly organized, they have very supportive networks.”
Clinton also discusses her plans for her life after Secretary of State. She says she doesn’t plan to run for president in 2016 or at any future date, but that she’s rooting for any woman who will.
“I’m going to be cheering them on. I hope to be around when we finally elect a woman president. That would be a great experience for me, to be up there cheering,” she says.