For the inaugural edition of Lena Dunham's funny-but-serious email newsletter, Lenny, the Girls star kicked things off with a bang by interviewing former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
"It's no secret we have been 'in the bag' for HRC for quite some time," Lenny's "Letter No. 1" explains. With her characteristic wit, Dunham delves into all aspects of Clinton's life and career—from her childhood and her political platform to fashion choices. The interview is far from short, so we went ahead and plucked out five of the most interesting things we learned about the former First Lady from the candid discussion.
1. She used to be a Republican.
"For the longest time, as a young girl, I thought that my father's views were really the ones I wanted to follow. Then I got to Wellesley, and I began to meet many different kinds of people, and we continued to talk about what we cared about and what we thought the country should be like and the world should be like," recalled Clinton. "I found myself really evolving, moving toward a different set of beliefs. I think that's part of what your late teens and 20s are all about. You have to decide what you really believe. You can certainly carry with you some of the values that you've inherited, but you have to make them your own or you have to add or subtract from them. And that's what I did."
2. She once organized a rally at Wellesley to do away with limited visiting hours by men.
"It was a personal interest. But we had to go political to get them changed, and we did get them changed," Clinton said. "Turning the personal into the political is sometimes the only way to stay true to the personal."
3. Before law school she worked in a salmon cannery in Alaska.
"It was called 'sliming.' That's what I started off doing. And I've often said it was a great experience for being in politics," Clinton said. "You get the connection."
4. She turned Bill's marriage proposals down twice!
"I was terrified about losing my identity and getting lost in the wake of Bill's force-of-nature personality. I actually turned him down twice when he asked me to marry him," Clinton confessed.
"So eventually, I said yes. It was a big leap of faith, and I think most marriages are. You really do just sort of say, 'OK, I think I know what it's gonna be like, but I don't know for sure. Let's find out.'"
5. She's a feminist.
"It just means that we believe women have the same rights as men, politically, culturally, socially, economically. That's what it means. And if you don't believe that about yourself as a woman, please, go ask yourself: Why? What is holding you back?"
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