The Clinton family is having a busy, life-changing year. If everything serves in favor of Hillary Clinton running for the presidency, the family would be instigating a game-changer in American history.
Before this weekend’s announcement of Hillary Clinton occupying the Democratic ticket for the 2016 election, she was busy being a grandmother of Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, born in September to Bill and Hillary’s only daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky.
The former president’s daughter is now gracing the cover of May’s issue of ELLE Magazine. On stands April 21, the 35-year-old new mom talks about her baby girl and what it means for mom Hillary to be a new grandmother and maybe the first woman President of the United States of America.
But first, baby Charlotte!
When asked if the new mom has noticed some big changes with the new bundle of joy, she answered "Marc and I are like, ‘What did we do before we were parents?’"
The wife of investment banker Marc Mezvinsky continued, "My whole life is reoriented around my daughter in the most blessed sense. I now understand – this is something else that Marc and I talk about all the time – all of the enthusiastic, bombastically spectacular, wonderful things people say about their children, because we also feel and think about all those things about Charlotte – that she is just the most remarkable little bubbly, perfect, chunky monkey creature ever."
And there’s perhaps only a few things more exciting for a grandmother than spending time with their grandchildren. Possibly being the first woman president would qualify!
According to Chelsea, her mom continues to stand by women equality. During the United Nations’ World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, the then First Lady famously declared, "Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights."
Now it’s 20 years later and Chelsea is backing up that statement.
"We’ve made real progress on legal protections for women, but in no way are women at parity to men in our country in the workplace. And if we look in the political sphere, it is challenging to me that women comprising 20 percent of Congress is treated as real success."
She added, "Since when did 20 percent become the definition of equality?"
The driven board member of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative shared that "when you ask about the importance of having a woman president, absolutely it’s important, for, yes, symbolic reasons – symbols are important; it is important who and what we choose to elevate, and to celebrate."
And whether Hillary would qualify to make a substantial different in our country?
"Yes," Chelsea confirmed. "We’ve seen again and again, when women have been in positions of leadership, they have had different degrees of success versus their male counterparts, historically being able to build more consensus so that decisions have longer-term effects, whether in economic investments or in building social capital."
Chelsea brings it all home and concludes, "Who sits around the table matters. And who sits at the head of the table matters, too."