- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down with “Girls” star Lena Dunham to chat about equal rights, saying one doesn’t have to “hate men” to be a feminist.

The already-taped segment includes comedy sketches filmed at Mrs. Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters, including a cameo by comedian Amy Schumer, Politico reported. The segment will be published Tuesday on Ms. Dunham’s new website, LennyLetter.com.

In the full interview, filmed in Manhattan on Sept. 8, the same day Mrs. Clinton appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the Democratic presidential front-runner discusses what her own life was like in college, and the ambivalence she felt in her early 20s about her own career path, a representative for Ms. Dunham’s website told Politico.

“Do you consider yourself a feminist?” Ms. Dunham asks in a clip.

“Yes,” Mrs. Clinton responds. “Absolutely. I’m always a little bit puzzled when any woman of whatever age, but particularly a young woman, says something like, ‘Well, I believe in equal rights but I’m not a feminist.’ Well, a feminist is by definition someone who believes in equal rights. I’m hoping that people will not be afraid to say, that doesn’t mean you hate men, it doesn’t mean you want to separate out the world, so that you’re not a part of ordinary life — that’s not what it means at all! It just means that we believe that women have the same rights as men.”

The former secretary of state does not watch “Girls,” her communications aide Kristina Schake said, but “Hillary was drawn to Lena’s unique voice, dynamic talent and strong commitment to women’s rights. Hillary and Lena had a strong connection, which comes through in this intimate, engaging interview,” she told Politico.

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