Hillary Clinton And The Unending Burden Of Women’s Work

The Establishment
The Establishment
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5 min readSep 16, 2016

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As you are no doubt all-too-aware, this week’s news cycle was dominated by the apparently earth-shattering revelation that Hillary Clinton is made of flesh and blood. That’s right: Her immune system sometimes gets overtaxed, and standing outside in intense heat and humidity while wearing kevlar under a pants suit can make her susceptible to heat stroke.

As ludicrous conspiracy theories flew around Twitter via #HillarysHealth, I, like many, found the ableism of an underlying, secret medical condition being used to disqualify her for the office of the president completely nauseating. I understood why she might not want to be seen as weak — just look at what the press was doing over her short-term pneumonia virus. But as I was set to click off social media despite my love of NFL Sunday Twitter, I paused to make one last offhand comment:

Little did I know that what I believed to be a sorta ho-hum comment would be widely liked and shared, and even labeled one of the “12 Perfect Responses To Hillary Clinton Being A Human And Getting Sick.”

Why? Probably because, still to this day, women’s work is taken for granted, undervalued, and just generally misunderstood, making my matter-of-fact statement radical.

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