The Toast, a beloved literary and feminist website that ran articles including “Dirtbag Hamlet,” “If Sarah Paulson Were Your Girlfriend,” and “The Pitch Meeting for Wishbone” is shutting down today, and they got a very, very special guest to write a farewell post celebrating the toast: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I know that today is the final day of The Toast, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what this space — and spaces like it — mean for women,” Clinton wrote.
The presidential candidate explained how women have always needed to “forge their own paths against overwhelming odds.”
Clinton remembered getting elected to the Senate for the first time in 2001 when she was one of only 13 female senators, and fondly remembered her friend and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski’s tradition of hosting dinner parties for all women in the Senate.
“I’ve always had great admiration for women like Barb who take it upon themselves to create spaces where women can speak their minds freely,” she wrote. “With this site, [The Toast’s editors, Mallory Ortberg, Nicole Cliffe, and Nikki Chung] did the same for so many women — and they made us laugh and think along the way.”
Clinton ended her by note by encouraging women to have confidence in their ideas and make their voices heard. “And if the space you’re in doesn’t have room for your voice, don’t be afraid to carve out a space of your own.”
Read the full post here.
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