Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacts after being asked if she planned on running for office again during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Centre in New York. (Photo: AP)
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Misogyny Played a Role: Clinton in 1st Interview After US Polls

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said misogyny "certainly" played a role in her US presidential election defeat by Republican rival Donald Trump.

Certainly misogyny played a role that has to be admitted.

In an interview conducted by The New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, in front of a thousand-strong crowd at a Lincoln Center theatre, Clinton said she was devastated in the aftermath of the elections.

The aftermath of the election was so devastating... I had to make up my mind I was going to get out of bed.

She said she spent a lot of time wrestling with the fact that 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump.

I think in this election there was a very real struggle between what is viewed as change.. that is it welcomed and exciting to so many Americans, and change which is worrisome to many others.

She pointed out that the perception of a likeable woman is different from that of men.

For men success and ambition are co-related with likeability... with a woman, guess what, it’s the exact opposite. An inverse correlation lies in the heart of misogyny and the way our politics is structured.

She pointed out that when she left the state department, she said that despite having a high 65 percent approval rating as secretary of the state, she was treated as "Typhoid Mary".

“By the time they finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary,” said Clinton.