Love and politics

Hillary Clinton feared “loss of identity” if she married Bill

Hillary Clinton walks alongside Bill Clinton on his campaign trail in 1992, after speaking at a rally. St. Louis (TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview with actress and activist Lena Dunham, Former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton revealed that she turned down former president Bill Clinton twice when he proposed marriage to her. She spoke candidly on the subject, revealing: “I was terrified about losing my identity … that I wouldn’t necessarily know who I was or what I could do if I got married to someone who was going to chart a path that he was incredibly clear about.” Clinton was also worried about how marriage would affect her teaching and work at a legal-aid clinic. “Eventually, I said yes,” says Clinton. “It was a big leap of faith, and I think most marriages are. You really do just sort of say, ‘Okay, I think I know what it’s gonna be like, but I don’t know for sure. Let’s find out.’” Many women, career-orientated or otherwise, face questions similar to those that Clinton had to contend with. And in the case of Hillary Clinton at least, it’s safe to say that her identity survived intact.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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