Even Hillary Clinton, one of the world’s most visible advocates for women and girls, sometimes has to make sure that the men who work for her aren’t dismissive of women’s issues.
In late May of 2010, Clinton’s longtime aide Philippe Reines wrote the secretary of state an email congratulating her for having “called out the ogrish males on your staff who roll their eyes at womens issues and events.”
The email was one of thousands released late Monday by the State Department, and two of the staffers most loyal to Clinton, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, were copied on it.
It is unclear from Reines’ email who exactly the “ogrish” men were, but it’s clear that Clinton was tackling the issue of sexism within her own staff.
Yet even though Clinton is among the most powerful political figures in the world of either gender, her message that day may not have gotten through to its intended recipient. “FYI I’m pretty sure I saw [REDACTED] roll their eyes at the very moment that you were obviously referring to them,” Reines wrote the secretary. “They just don’t get it.”
As secretary of state, Clinton worked hard to raise the profile of women’s issues worldwide, and this work is a key piece of her legacy at the State Department. Women’s and family issues, like paid leave and child-care benefits, are also already a major part of Clinton’s platform in her bid for the White House in 2016.