By Lauren Duca for Teen Vogue

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the guest-editor of our Volume IV issue, on newsstands nationally December 5. She will keynote at the first-ever Teen Vogue Summit in conversation with actress, scholar, and activist Yara Shahidi. The Teen Vogue Summit will take place on December 1 & 2 in Los Angeles. Tickets and information are available here. Here, Lauren Duca reflects on what Hillary’s political career has taught her.

I remember growing up hearing horrible stories about Hillary Clinton, and I see now how they were similar to the horrible stories I was told about feminism. The movement has been warped by an ugly stigma that leads too many women to irrationally deny a movement that exists for their benefit. It worked on me at first. I told cute guys in college that I wasn’t a feminist. Thankfully, by my junior year, the book Full Frontal Feminism had saved my life. I think a lot of young women experienced a similar awakening when Beyoncé made Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s definition of the word go viral back in 2014.

In high school, four years before I discovered feminism I was excited about Hillary’s 2008 run. My Fox News–watching parents informed me that she was corrupt and mumbled some conspiracy theory about a dead guy in the woods. A teacher told me I liked her only because she was a woman. I was told these things were true.

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