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Clinton is wrong – women can get on without being ruthless

Published 20/02/2014 | 02:30

Hillary Clinton: said women need to grow skin as thick as a a rhinoceros. Photo: Getty Images
Hillary Clinton: said women need to grow skin as thick as a a rhinoceros. Photo: Getty Images

SO, ladies, apparently we must "grow skin like a rhinoceros" in order to get ahead in political and public life. This is according to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who, instead of helping the women's cause, has set it back by reinforcing the damaging stereotype that to be successful women have to adopt the so-called 'bitch in the boardroom' syndrome.

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Flanked by her daughter Chelsea and Melinda Gates, Ms Clinton was speaking at a New York University event for the No Ceilings project, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to empower women in the 21st Century.

"One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever heard from anyone is from Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s, who said that women in politics or in public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros," Clinton said, adding: "I think there is some truth to that."

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