Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee, recently spoke out about the gutsiest things she has ever done — staying in her marriage of nearly 44 years with former President Bill Clinton.
“I think the gutsiest thing I’ve ever done, well, personally, [is] make the decision to stay in my marriage,” Clinton said Tuesday on “Good Morning America” as she promoted her new book, “The Gutsy Book of Women,” that she co-wrote with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
Clinton famously saw her marriage go up in flames when the former president’s affair with a former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was revealed during his second term in office.
Bill Clinton’s initial denial of the affair led to him being impeached by the House of Representatives in December 1998. He was acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice by the Senate two months later and then continued to serve out his second term.
Hillary Clinton also made her own history as the first woman to lead the presidential ticket for a major political party in the U.S., winning the popular vote against Trump but losing the Electoral College vote.
In her interview, she cited that the presidential race and the way she persisted since as the gutsiest move she has made in her public life.
“Publicly, politically, run for president and keep going,” she said. “Just get up every day and keep going.”
Her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, responded to her mom’s answer, saying, “Goodness, I’m so overwhelmed by my mother’s answer that I’m a bit out of words. I’m just so proud to be her daughter.”
The mother-daughter duo’s new book, which profiles the gutsy and at times voiceless, women of history, derived from an ongoing conversation they have had since Chelsea, who is now a mother of three, was born.
“We’ve been talking about women who inspire us our whole lives together,” Hillary Clinton shared.
“Some of my earliest memories are my mother talking about women who inspired her, some fictional, like Nancy Drew, and some very real like Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro,” Chelsea Clinton said. “So in many ways, it’s just a continuation of that conversation.”
“The Gutsy Book of Women” is available now.