Awkward! Chimamanda Queries Clinton for celebrating marriage, motherhood


Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie on Monday demanded that Senator Hillary Clinton explain why she preferred to introduce herself first as a wife, instead of the woman who at one time ranked among the most powerful females on earth
The writer, who quizzed the ex-First Lady Of The United States (FLOTUS) at the PEN World Voices Festival, admitted she was upset by the intro.
Clinton's current Twitter bio reads, "Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate."
At the event, Adichie told Clinton that she would just ask one question about her personal life, The Slot reported.
In your Twitter account, the first word that describes you is 'wife.' And then I think it’s ‘mom,’ and then it’s 'grandmother.' And when I saw that, I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset. And then I went and I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not 'husband.'
Well, Clinton, like the woman she is took the criticism as constructive. "When you put it like that, I’m going to change it," Clinton told the crowd, reportedly causing them to roar in approval. "There's always this internal conflict when you are very committed to your relationships, your family ... and your identity, and how you both feel about yourself and you describe yourself."
Clinton went on to tell a story of Barbara Bush and her view — shared in a speech at Wellesley College — that relationships in life would be more important than business deals or promotions. Clinton argued it didn't need to be one or the other:
It shouldn’t be either/or. It should be that if you are someone who is defining yourself by what you do and what you accomplish, and that is satisfying, then more power to you. That is how you should be thinking about your life, and living it. If you are someone who primarily defines your life in relationship to others, then more power to you, and live that life the way Barbara Bush lived that life, and how proud she was to do it. But I think most of us as women in today’s world end up in the middle: wanting to have relationships, wanting to invest in them, nurture them, but also pursuing our own interests.