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Women in Politics: Is there a double-standard?

Hillary Clinton Speaks At USAID Launch Of U.S. Global Development

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a launch event hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for a new organization, the U.S. Global Development Lab, on April 3, 2014 in New York City. The U.S. Global Development Lab will bring together 32 partners from across the public, private and non profit sector with the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton berated the media — she said powerful women were treated with a double standard. She got a lot of flack for that remark, but recent events make one wonder if there wasn't something to that statement.

Take for example, the comments made by former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden on Fox News Sunday, where he remarked on Senator Dianne Feinstein's "deep emotional feeling." Or the mock portrait which appeared yesterday on Breitbart.com of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, scantily clad, on all fours looking upwards with her tongue lolling out.

For more, we're joined by Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and co-editor of DoubleX, Slate’s spinoff site for women.


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