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Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation

**This is a Mogul Exclusive and a very special edition of Ask A Mogul Anything**

Chelsea Clinton is no stranger to global matters. As the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea has been a passionate advocate for improving the lives of women around the world. This week, she's exploring a number of female-driven programs and initiatives at the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual meeting that brings together world leaders from the realms of public policy, government and economics .

Chelsea recently became a mother for the second time (Aidan was born three months ago, joining big sister Charlotte). Her newborn son arrived not long before she introduced her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at this summer's Democratic National Convention --  on the same historic night in which Mrs. Clinton accepted the Presidential nomination. 

Chelsea sat down with Mogul exclusively in New York this week, allowing Mogul to ask her *anything.* It's all part of the ongoing Ask A Mogul Anything series. Check out in the Comments section below Chelsea's candid remarks about motherhood, breastfeeding, the ongoing struggle to achieve gender equality in the workplace, and the possibility of having both a mom *and* a dad elected President.

17 comments

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    Chelsea, it is an honor to have you joining us for Ask A Mogul Anything. You were kind enough to pen a powerful essay for Mogul six months ago about gender inequality. You're actively involved in the Clinton Global Initiative - which addresses so many issues involving women. What do you believe are the greatest challenges that currently face women? What is CGI doing to address some of those situations?

    Chelsea, it is an honor to have you joining us for Ask A Mogul Anything. You were kind enough to pen a powerful essay for Mogul six months ago about gender inequality. You're actively involved in the Clinton Global Initiative - which addresses so many issues involving women. What do you believe are the greatest challenges that currently face women? What is CGI doing to address some of those situations?

    • Chelsea Clinton
      Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
      1y ago

      The answer to your question varies around the world. I was talking earlier about our efforts with some of our partners to help more girls get into schools around the world. It's not just about finding schools and finding classrooms. It's also about working to strengthen child marriage prohibition laws around the world so that women and girls are seen as students and not brides. I think the root cause of the challenges facing women around the world is that generally girls and women are not equally valued and are not equally supported in their families and in societies. We're certainly doing what we can across the world and what we're specifically doing depends on the part of the world that we're talking about.

      The answer to your question varies around the world. I was talking earlier about our efforts with some of our partners to help more girls get into schools around the world. It's not just about finding schools and finding classrooms. It's also about working to strengthen child marriage prohibition laws around the world so that women and girls are seen as students and not brides. I think the root cause of the challenges facing women around the world is that generally girls and women are not equally valued and are not equally supported in their families and in societies. We're certainly doing what we can across the world and what we're specifically doing depends on the part of the world that we're talking about.

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    The demand for equal pay in the workplace has reached a fevered pitch in the past two years - Even Hollywood is casting a spotlight on the issue. But pay discrepancies between men and women remain the norm in so many settings. What do you think it will take to push women over the hump? Some have argued that things will only change when more men get involved in the fight - that we need more men to start demanding that their wives and mothers and daughters get the same pay as male peers. Is there some truth to that? Is this an issue that will only be resolved if men join in the fight as well?

    The demand for equal pay in the workplace has reached a fevered pitch in the past two years - Even Hollywood is casting a spotlight on the issue. But pay discrepancies between men and women remain the norm in so many settings. What do you think it will take to push women over the hump? Some have argued that things will only change when more men get involved in the fight - that we need more men to start demanding that their wives and mothers and daughters get the same pay as male peers. Is there some truth to that? Is this an issue that will only be resolved if men join in the fight as well?

    • Chelsea Clinton
      Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
      1y ago

      This is not only a challenge here in the United States. This is a challenge around the world. In no country are women compensated equally for work as men. I think that's important to say because I think there's often a sense that it is so much better elsewhere. It is better elsewhere but nowhere is it perfect in terms of equality and equity. So I think a few things come to mind: 1) We have to continue to push for more transparency. When we look at what has and hasn't worked to close the gap or erase the gap around the world, cities that are mandating more transparency into what the mean and median wages are for men versus women in the same levels at a company clearly have made a difference because no one wants to be exposed for being a part of the challenge. So I think we need to have more of that. 2) We need to do a better job of getting men involved in the fight for equal pay. The argument of pay inequity doesn't only hurt women. It hurts men and families as well. If women aren't being compensated sufficiently -- equally--to men, they're not able to be the same level of contributor to their families that they deserve to be. And that has economic and social implications. I think we need more transparency at the employer level and I think we need to make the normative argument, that is backed up by data, that this is not just about women. It's about men, too.

      This is not only a challenge here in the United States. This is a challenge around the world. In no country are women compensated equally for work as men. I think that's important to say because I think there's often a sense that it is so much better elsewhere. It is better elsewhere but nowhere is it perfect in terms of equality and equity. So I think a few things come to mind: 1) We have to continue to push for more transparency. When we look at what has and hasn't worked to close the gap or erase the gap around the world, cities that are mandating more transparency into what the mean and median wages are for men versus women in the same levels at a company clearly have made a difference because no one wants to be exposed for being a part of the challenge. So I think we need to have more of that. 2) We need to do a better job of getting men involved in the fight for equal pay. The argument of pay inequity doesn't only hurt women. It hurts men and families as well. If women aren't being compensated sufficiently -- equally--to men, they're not able to be the same level of contributor to their families that they deserve to be. And that has economic and social implications. I think we need more transparency at the employer level and I think we need to make the normative argument, that is backed up by data, that this is not just about women. It's about men, too.

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    You are a mother of two now. It's a universal challenge of working moms to find a work/life balance. What are your thoughts about finding the balance? Have you achieved a balance? If so, any thoughts you can share about what's worked best for you in achieving a sense of balance?

    You are a mother of two now. It's a universal challenge of working moms to find a work/life balance. What are your thoughts about finding the balance? Have you achieved a balance? If so, any thoughts you can share about what's worked best for you in achieving a sense of balance?

    • Chelsea Clinton
      Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
      1y ago

      It's a question that I ask myself every day. I'm so dedicated to breastfeeding my son, Aidan, who's now three months old. That's why I'm grateful to Mogul for the flexibility in the timing of this interview. I'm really lucky that I have some control over my schedule so that I can feed my son when possible, so that I can pump when I need to. I think we need to kind of make that the reality for women in our country. And in order to make that a reality for women in our country, we need a very different policy environment. One where women are guaranteed maternity leave, guaranteed paid maternity leave, where we expect employers to provide time for nursing mothers and a safe space for nursing mothers for being able to pump, being able to store their milk. And that's only a small sliver of what we need to do to support all of us, to at least try to find a balance that we each feel called to do in our own lives, recognizing that even if we get all of the policies in place to support working moms and working women, I think we're still going to struggle with this question. Yet this question of finding a balance should be our personal struggle, not this sort of social struggle that we still confront right now because our policies are not what they need to be to support women and families.

      It's a question that I ask myself every day. I'm so dedicated to breastfeeding my son, Aidan, who's now three months old. That's why I'm grateful to Mogul for the flexibility in the timing of this interview. I'm really lucky that I have some control over my schedule so that I can feed my son when possible, so that I can pump when I need to. I think we need to kind of make that the reality for women in our country. And in order to make that a reality for women in our country, we need a very different policy environment. One where women are guaranteed maternity leave, guaranteed paid maternity leave, where we expect employers to provide time for nursing mothers and a safe space for nursing mothers for being able to pump, being able to store their milk. And that's only a small sliver of what we need to do to support all of us, to at least try to find a balance that we each feel called to do in our own lives, recognizing that even if we get all of the policies in place to support working moms and working women, I think we're still going to struggle with this question. Yet this question of finding a balance should be our personal struggle, not this sort of social struggle that we still confront right now because our policies are not what they need to be to support women and families.

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    You had a big summer - introducing your mother at the Democratic National Convention. You've obviously attended your share of DNCs - But what was that moment like this summer? What was it like for you as a daughter to watch your mother's historic moment, accepting the nomination?

    You had a big summer - introducing your mother at the Democratic National Convention. You've obviously attended your share of DNCs - But what was that moment like this summer? What was it like for you as a daughter to watch your mother's historic moment, accepting the nomination?

    • Chelsea Clinton
      Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
      1y ago

      It meant so much to me to have the opportunity to share even a little bit about why I love my mom so much and hopefully to give more people in our country a better sense of why I'm grateful and proud to be her daughter. The history -- I don't think I was aware of that until I was walking off stage. I think I was just so immersed in that moment - that 'I'm with my mom' moment- and then when I hugged her onstage and I was walking offstage I realized, "I just hugged the first female nominee of a major party!" But first it was about my mom. And the recognition of history - that kind of kicked in a little bit later.

      It meant so much to me to have the opportunity to share even a little bit about why I love my mom so much and hopefully to give more people in our country a better sense of why I'm grateful and proud to be her daughter. The history -- I don't think I was aware of that until I was walking off stage. I think I was just so immersed in that moment - that 'I'm with my mom' moment- and then when I hugged her onstage and I was walking offstage I realized, "I just hugged the first female nominee of a major party!" But first it was about my mom. And the recognition of history - that kind of kicked in a little bit later.

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    You and your children stand to make history in November. You could become the first person in history to have a mother *and* a father elected President. Your grandchildren could become the first young people in history to have a grandmother *and* a grandfather who have presided over the Oval Office. What is that like? Do you sometimes marvel at this possibility?

    You and your children stand to make history in November. You could become the first person in history to have a mother *and* a father elected President. Your grandchildren could become the first young people in history to have a grandmother *and* a grandfather who have presided over the Oval Office. What is that like? Do you sometimes marvel at this possibility?

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    This election has been an intense one. How has it been for you as a daughter watching it unfold?

    This election has been an intense one. How has it been for you as a daughter watching it unfold?

    • Chelsea Clinton
      Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
      1y ago

      I don't think about that yet because I was raised to not look past an election until you're past an election. So I'm very focused on doing everything I can to support my mom and talking as much as possible, to support her as a woman and a daughter and a voter and, most of all now, as a mother. This election for me is personal because I'm now a parent. That's even more important than my mom running. This election is about my children and what I want for their future. So ask me this question on November 9th, knock on wood, hopefully after a good outcome.

      I don't think about that yet because I was raised to not look past an election until you're past an election. So I'm very focused on doing everything I can to support my mom and talking as much as possible, to support her as a woman and a daughter and a voter and, most of all now, as a mother. This election for me is personal because I'm now a parent. That's even more important than my mom running. This election is about my children and what I want for their future. So ask me this question on November 9th, knock on wood, hopefully after a good outcome.

  • Mogul
    Mogul Empowering women to succeed in every way possible.
    1y ago

    Our last question to you is one that we've been asking our guests throughout the Ask A Mogul Anything series. Can you please fill in the blank, 'To be a leader, or to be a mogul, is ___' ?

    Our last question to you is one that we've been asking our guests throughout the Ask A Mogul Anything series. Can you please fill in the blank, 'To be a leader, or to be a mogul, is ___' ?

    • Chelsea Clinton
      Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
      1y ago

      I think to be a leader and to be a mogul is to have a vision of something that you want to see in the world and to kind of get up every day and do what you can to close the gap between where you are and what you want to see.

      I think to be a leader and to be a mogul is to have a vision of something that you want to see in the world and to kind of get up every day and do what you can to close the gap between where you are and what you want to see.

  • mandy Sanghera
    1y ago

    Chelsea it's great to see you on Mogul . It's great to see your mum smashing the glass ceiling Why do you think it's taken so long to get a female candidate for the most powerful job

    Chelsea it's great to see you on Mogul . It's great to see your mum smashing the glass ceiling Why do you think it's taken so long to get a female candidate for the most powerful job

  • Bhavana Ravala

    This is a really interesting interview! Chelsea, how has your mother inspired you and your work?

    This is a really interesting interview! Chelsea, how has your mother inspired you and your work?

  • Rafael Centenera 83

    You were PERFECT during the Democratic National Convention! 😉

    You were PERFECT during the Democratic National Convention! 😉

  • tishita
    1y ago

    Do you think your daughter would have a more equal society when she grows up?

    Do you think your daughter would have a more equal society when she grows up?


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