Hillary Clinton Once Got Denied a Credit Card Because She's a Woman

'This is not like ancient history,' she told Ellen DeGeneres.

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Hillary Clinton dropped by The Ellen Show during its 13th season premiere week, and in between regaling us with an adorably awkward rendition of the Nae Nae and getting upstaged by 5-year-old presidential historian Macey Hensley, she opened up about some of the crazy sexist bullshit she's experienced in her lifetime. Let's talk about the fact that the woman who could become the next leader of the free world was once rejected on a credit card application because she was a woman. 

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'This is hard to believe, but there was a law passed so that if you were married, or if you were a single woman, you would be legally entitled to a credit card. So I applied for a credit card. I was married. This was probably like 1976, '77,' she told DeGeneres. 'And I got a letter ​back saying that I could not apply for my own credit card, I would have to use my husband's. And so this is not like ancient history. And I was making more money than he was and I actually was ready to have my own credit card.'

Clinton was frank about the ongoing struggle for gender equality, which is reflected in the wage gap, in a woman's inability to control her body, and in the lack of representation of women in leadership roles around the world. "I think it's just a reality that we're held to a higher, different double standard,' she said. 'And it gets a little old, to be honest, but you just forge ahead.'

Clinton is one of two women running in a race with 22 Democrats and Republicans for a position that has never been held by a woman. 'You know, look, I'm not asking for people to vote for me because I'm a woman,' she said. 'But I think if you vote for somebody on the merits, one of the merits is I am a woman, and I think that makes a big difference in today's world.'

Words: Prachi Gupta

From Cosmopolitan

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