By Ben Kamisar
Clinton: Female politicians govern differently than men
A female president would be more attuned to the issues facing America's families than a male president, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton'Hamilton' to take center stage at Clinton fundraiser Clinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' Clinton camp raffling 'Hamilton' with Hillary MORE argued in a new interview released Thursday.
"My life experiences, what I care about, what I’ve been through just make me perhaps more aware of and responsive to a lot of the family issues that people are struggling with, whether it’s affording child care or looking to get their incomes up because everything is increasing in cost," Clinton told Time. The interview is an excerpt from "Broad Influence: How Women are Changing the Way America Works" by Jay Newton-Small.
Clinton is, along with Carly Fiorina, running to become the nation's first female president. When asked if she thinks she would govern differently than a male president, Clinton said "I do," noting a different emphasis on issues and certain character traits.
"There are some areas where our own life experiences really prepare us to be more receptive. I do think there is something in the governing or organizing approach," she said.
"I just think women in general are better listeners, are more collegial, more open to new ideas and how to make things work in a way that looks for win-win outcomes."
She went on to highlight her work at the State Department "increasing resources to cases involving child abductions" and working to promote adoption.
The former secretary of State and Democratic front-runner has embraced her gender more during this campaign than she did during her 2008 bid. The topic regularly comes up on the stump and her campaign has even gone as far using the Twitter hashtag #GenderCard to needle Republicans on social issues.