Hillary Clinton Comments on The Handmaid’s Tale


Hillary Clinton is back — and she’s reminding women to continue advocating for their rights and to never give up. The former presidential candidate spoke at a gala honoring Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary and touched upon reproductive rights, walking in the woods, and The Handmaid’s Tale.

The gala, which took place on May 2 in New York City, was Clinton’s second appearance of the day after first speaking at Women For Women International event. This time, she spoke less about the election and Donald Trump’s tweeting habits and more about the progress that’s been made in women’s reproductive rights. Clinton even alluded to the popular book and TV show The Handmaid’s Tale to make a point of how that fictitious reality might not be too far off.

“Now I am not suggesting this dystopian future is around the corner, but this show has prompted important conversations about women’s rights and autonomy,” she said. “In The Handmaid’s Tale, women’s rights are gradually, slowly stripped away. As one character says, ‘We didn’t look up from our phones until it was too late.’ It is not too late for us. But we have to encourage the millions of women and men who support Planned Parenthood’s mission to keep fighting.”

“It’s far healthier than screaming into your television set. Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”

Clinton, who was there to receive Planned Parenthood’s Champion of the Century award, also told the audience her new mantra — and suggested they follow it. “Some of you have heard me say that I have this new mantra that had popped into my head during one of my long walks in the woods,” she said. “I highly recommend long walks in the woods. It’s far healthier than screaming in your television set. And so, just remember forwards: resist, insist, persist, enlist.” You can watch a clip of the two moments ahead.