As a political figure running for president, it can be hard to connect with the average American on a more human level – but for Hillary Clinton, that’s where Humans of New York came in.
The Democratic presidential candidate was profiled on the popular Facebook page (turned book) on Thursday.
“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room,” the post began.
Clinton told a personal story of how when she was taking the test, men in the room began to verbally attack her, simply for being there.
“One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I'll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal,” Clinton continued.
Seemingly drawing parallels to both how she chooses to handle critics in her bid for the White House, while at the same time identifying and relating to an issue that many women face in their professional careers, Clinton wrote that she couldn’t respond to the attacks because she “couldn’t afford to get distracted.”
“But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk,” she wrote. “Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’”
In a way, Clinton takes ownership of her perceived aloofness -- even if she doesn't agree that it's her true self.
“I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility,” she wrote.
Clinton’s HONY spotlight comes a day after she took the stage at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan for the NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum, which highlighted a very different side of the presidential candidate. Clinton (and then separately Donald Trump) fielded questions about national security and was particularly grilled over her handling of emails from a private server while she was secretary of state.