PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Revolution Hall was sold out Saturday night as people filled the auditorium to see Secretary Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea talk about their newly released book. Portland author Cheryl Strayed joined them on stage to talk about The Book of Gutsy Women and the stories they chose to tell.
This was the first book that Hillary and Chelsea wrote together. Powell’s Books put on the event featuring these 3 women, each of whom have made contributions to the literary world. Popular novelist Strayed is well-known for her publications Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things.
“It’s such a great message about the strength of women and girls in the world,” said attendee Carla Peters.
There was a lot of enthusiasm in the crowd as the Clintons answered questions from Strayed for almost 2 hours.
“These women were not perfect,” said Hillary during the talk. “These women, they had their own challenges, their own disappointments, their own setbacks, but they all shared—not only a resilience—a sense of purpose, even a mission.”
The event allowed attendees to join in on conversations about women throughout history — those who have stood up to the status quo and get the job done.
“The book is so diverse in every way,” said Strayed.
In addition to talking about the book, the trio also addressed politics and social media, including Facebook’s policy of refraining from fact-checking politicians and political ads on its platform.
“The press has to play a bigger role in pointing out what is true and what isn’t true,” said Hillary. “And so does Facebook and Twitter, and so do the other platforms.”
Their discussion also touched on Title 9:
“When Title 9 was passed there were about 700 girls playing high school soccer in the United States,” said Chelsea. She went on to say that today that number is nearly 390,000 young athletes, thanks to the mandates that require educational institutions to invest equally in educating and providing opportunities to both men and women.
They also talked about the current impeachment inquiry.
“The founders put the impeachment clause in the Constitution to guard against the very behavior he’s engaging in,” said Hillary. “Read Alexander Hamilton—they were most worried about a president who would try to curry favor with foreign powers.”
After the presentation wrapped up, attendees had a chance to grab a copy of The Book of Gutsy Women.
“My biggest takeaway is that there is so much for me as a teenager to do, and just to persist and be courageous and powerful and pursue what I want and be determined to change the world,” said Eliza Mohan of Portland.
Another crowd member, Judy Daniels, said, “That she is a supporter of women. I think that was the biggest one I got out of it, and how to teach your children to be supporters of women.”
The event began shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday. The full talk can be viewed below: