Hillary Clinton Dishes on Working Motherhood

In a Q&A in the September issue of Marie Claire, New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she experienced typical working mother guilt when her daughter was young, but she tried to achieve some sort of balance. “Bill and I alternated reading to her every night; we’d try to have a meal together every day, whether breakfast or dinner,”

Clinton told the magazine. “. . . I think it’s a false trade-off to say quality time versus quantity – you have to have both. So if you have long work hours like I did, how you get rid of things in your life you don’t need in order to put that extra time into your children?”

  The Senator also said it’s important for workplaces to be flexible. “I always supported the women I worked with having time off to go to parent-teacher conferences and doctors’ appointments or bringing their infants into the office,” she said. “I’m a huge supporter of on-site child care. You need much more sensitivity in the workplace to the challenges young women go through in trying to do two very difficult jobs well.” (August 2007)