It does seem a odd that the former secretary of state and presidential candidate-who can boast decades of experience in politics, has gone up repeatedly against powerful men, and has been a longtime advocate for women in the workplace-starts off her bio with a role that defines her in domestic relation to a man. ("Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate", is how it now reads.) Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had that thought, too-and asked Clinton about it during a PEN World Voices Festival lecture on Sunday night in New York City.
At a PEN World Voices Festival lecture in New York City on Sunday, Adichie asked Clinton why it was that her biography on the social media platform led with "wife"-followed by her other relationship-based roles-before delving into her political and cultural accomplishments, according to Jezebel. And then I went and I looked at your husband's Twitter account, and the first word was not 'husband", Adichie asked Clinton while interviewing her".
She said, "In your Twitter account, the first word that describes you is 'Wife.' And then I think it's 'Mom, ' and then it's 'Grandmother, '" Adichie said. "When I saw that, I have to confess I felt just a little bit upset", confessed Adichie (per Vulture's report). For the record, her husband's Twitter account begins with, "Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States".
Taking the criticism as constructive, Clinton replied, "When you put it like that, I'm going to change it". She told a story about hearing the late Barbara Bush speak at Wellesley in the early 1990s.
But Clinton said Adichie has convinced her to update her Twitter.
"It shouldn't be either/or".
"That is how you should be thinking about your life, and living it".
Clinton's response, as Jezebel also pointed out, is essentially the crux of feminism-getting to define yourself as a woman however you please, but also being able to flourish in that definition. "As Adichie herself suggested, Clinton should add, "'Should have been a damn good president, '" while she's at it.