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9 to 5ish: Huma Abedin

Nov 3, 2021

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It’s impossible to know how Hillary Clinton’s life would have run without Huma Abedin. From the late '90s through 2016, Huma occupied a central role in running Hillary’s life as an aide and personal advisor. She remained private even when both her personal and professional lives were embroiled in simultaneous crises, from her previous husband’s infidelity to Hillary’s emails. Now, she’s setting out to define herself in her own words.

On Sharing Her Own Story

“And so I was fine being on the side, but what I realized is while I was silent, everybody else was telling my story. And if you let somebody else tell the story, they're writing your history.” 

On Learning Who To Trust 

“I really learned a hard lesson on the importance of female friendships and support. I had that starting with supporter number one, Hillary Clinton, who was — no matter what — there for me and loyal to me.”

On Climbing The Ladder 

“When I was hired as office manager, I thought, ‘Okay, I'm going to be doing women's policy.’ The deputy chief of staff Ellen Lovell says, ‘Listen, can you do something about the ladies room?’ And I said,’Excuse me?’ And she said, ‘The ladies room. We have foreign leaders coming through and it's really embarrassing.’ And that was my first task.”

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