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November 9 2017

What Happened: Hillary Clinton Guest Edits Teen Vogue

by Charlotte Hays

Okay, it's not the job she really wanted, but Hillary Clinton says she "jumped at the chance" when invited to serve as guest editor of the issue of Teen Vogue that will appear nationally December 5.

In promoting the issue, Mrs. Clinton writes:   

Have you ever noticed that whenever a teenage girl takes a stand on an important issue, people seem surprised?

That’s true even in 2017—a year that has seen young women turning out in force at the Women’s Marches, smashing expectations in sports and STEM, demanding diversity in books and movies, rallying to protect affordable health care and Planned Parenthood, even holding a quinceañera on the steps of the Texas Capitol to protest attacks on immigrants’ rights.

Girls are raising awareness about child marriage in Yemen and sex trafficking in Cambodia; speaking out for environmental justice in Flint, Michigan, and equality in Raleigh, North Carolina; and so much more.

Actually, this is the kind of stale thinking that characterized Mrs. Clinton's job performance in a previous position: running for president.

Does she really think people "seem surprised" when a teenage girl takes a stand on an important issue? Where have you been, Hillary?

We expect women and girls to have opinions and are not surprised when they do.

Ms. Clinton brings her own special mix of self pity, anger, and left wing politics to Teen Vogue:

I know the last year hasn’t been easy for any of us. The letters I received after the election helped me pick myself up and keep going, and I’m looking forward to sharing a few with you. In this special issue of Teen Vogue, I’ll also introduce you to some people who are near and dear to me, including my childhood best friend, Betsy Ebeling, and my daughter and hero, Chelsea. I’m proud to add What Happened, the most personal book I’ve written, to the Teen Vogue book club reading list.

And I had a lot of fun answering questions from readers whose politics differ from my own. All in all, this issue is a celebration of resistance and resilience. I hope you’ll take that message to heart, because the world needs your passion and determination more than ever. So keep marching, keep speaking up, and as Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Again, what planet does Ms. Clinton inhabit?

Certainly not the one where women outnumber men on college campuses and recruiters are eager to hire promising women at top law firms and other companies. Being stuck in the past is not resilience, Ms. C.

Nor does it help to tell young women that they live in a world in which they still don't have a seat at the table.

In a companion piece. Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth recalls what a personal downer election night 2016 was for her.

Add teen fashion magazines to the latest list of cultural institutions completely in thrall of the left.

P.S. The former Democratic presidential candidate will also host Teen Vogue's Summit, which will feature a conversation between Mrs. Clinton and  actress Yara Shahidi.

It's not a Goldman Sachs speech, but, hey. it's something to do.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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