"The girl and the woman, in their new, individual unfolding, will only in passing be imitators of male behavior and misbehavior and repeaters of male professions. After the uncertainty of such transitions, it will become obvious that women were going through the abundance and variation of those (often ridiculous) disguises just so that they could purify their own essential nature and wash out the deforming influences of the other sex. Women, in whom life lingers and dwells more immediately, more fruitfully, and more confidently, must surely have become riper and more human in their depths than light, easygoing man, who is not pulled down beneath the surface of life by the weight of any bodily fruit and who, arrogant and hasty, undervalues what he thinks he loves. This humanity of woman, carried in her womb through all her suffering and humiliation, will come to light when she has stripped off the conventions of mere femaleness in the transformations of her outward status, and those men who do not yet feel it approaching will be astonished by it. Someday (and even now, especially in the countries of northern Europe, trustworthy signs are already speaking and shining), someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only life and reality: the female human being." Rilke
Meryl on Hilary. Hilary’s speech after is really great too. See below.
I love Meryl’s opener about how women look so hard at one another. I think a lot about competition between women, why we are often hard on one another, how we need to support one another. But I think Meryl is right: when we look so hard at one another, one part of us really is looking for inspiration, for hints on how to do it better, and maybe, then, even for solidarity rather than contest.
I think everybody should know. This hidden history HIlary has. The story of her parallel agenda. The shadowed diplomacy, unheralded, uncelebrated, careful, constant work on behalf of women and girls that she has always conducted.