Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton join the scholar Mary Beard to discuss their new book The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience

In this UK-exclusive event, introduced by Southbank Centre Chief Executive, Elaine Bedell, the pair discuss how and why they chose to write this book, the challenges of working together and how they want men and boys to draw inspiration and gutsiness from these extraordinary women.

In this podcast recorded from their live talk, you’ll hear the stories of some of the women featured in The Book of Gutsy Women, including Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, and young Ruby Nell Bridges Hall, the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white Elementary School in Louisiana.

Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast


The Clintons also explain how they sought to talk about the women featured in a human way, and with a real appreciation for how hard it is to be a woman who stands up against those keeping her down. And they also talk about the challenges facing women politicians, and women in prominent public positions today. How can we get away from the media’s obsession with drawing on the appearance and fashion of female politicians?


There are roles assigned to women, and one is the victim role. You can be enraged and passionate and outspoken as a victim, it’s ok. But who wants to live as a victim? So if you try and get out of that role, they’re going to be trying to push you back into it.
Hillary Rodham Clinton


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