Hillary on When She Was Pregnant: 'Men in the Firm Would Like Look Away'

By Melanie Arter | October 29, 2012 | 11:47am EDT

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at the inauguration event for the National Work-Life and Family Month in Washington, D.C., said Thursday that when she was pregnant and working as partner at a law firm, the men at the firm would look away from her and never mentioned that she was carrying a child.

“Many years ago, when I was pregnant, I was in a law firm. I was the only female partner, and they’d never had a female partner and certainly not a pregnant female partner. And they literally just were not sure what to do with me. I would walk down the corridor getting more and more pregnant, and the men in the firm would like look away, never say a word,” Clinton said.

“And I just kind of thought, ‘I’m just going to wait to see if anybody says anything to me about the fact that I’m going to have a baby, and nobody ever did. And eventually, February 27, 1980, I gave birth to my daughter, and I was in the hospital when one of my partners called to say congratulations and then in the course of it asked, ‘Well when are you coming back to work?’” Clinton added.

“And I said, ‘Oh I don’t know, maybe in four months, and that’s how I created the firm’s first-ever maternity leave policy, and a lot has changed since then, but we still have work to do, and sometimes conversations about balancing family and work lead to arguments instead of a search for agreement,” she said.

Clinton became the first female partner at the Rose Law Firm in 1979 in Arkansas. The Rose Law firm is headquartered in Little Rock and is the oldest firm in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River and the third oldest in the country. Chelsea Clinton was born on Feb. 27, 1980.

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