What if I told you that her first job out of law school took her to California? To work at a small law firm in Oakland, founded by a Communist and a man who had been called before the House UnAmerican Activities committee years earlier? To help them as they defended the rights of draft resisters, Communists and Black Panthers?
Would you ask why you never knew this? Would you wonder why she didn’t bring this up in her campaigns for President? After all, Bernie Sanders was arrested for protesting racial inequality, and his supporters cheered and shared all of the photos. It was not seen as a negative thing.
What if that simple fact tells us more about running for political office as a woman than any single other fact in this campaign? Has Bernie Sanders ever had to swallow his past so his wife’s career didn’t suffer? Are the standards different for men and women?
When people bring up Clinton’s past as a Goldwater girl, or complain about her defense of a rapist as a young lawyer in Arkansas, they are skipping over 10 years of experience. They skip over her organizing in college. They skip over her decision to run a legal aid clinic. And they skip over this. It’s time to see her as a whole person. And it’s time to see that though their paths were different, their beliefs were very, very similar.