Ginsburg: 'Macho atmosphere' dominated 2016 election

Ginsburg was asked if now was the time for Congress to craft new legislation to help protect women from ill-treatment in society and the work place

Ginsburg was asked if now was the time for Congress to craft new legislation to help protect women from ill-treatment in society and the work place

Ginsburg said that "sexism played a prominent part" in the 2016 presidential race, where a "macho atmosphere" created an unequal disadvantage for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who Ginsburg said "was criticized in a way ... no man would have been criticized".

During a Columbia University Women's Conference event on Sunday, Ginsburg was asked to clarify remarks she made last September, in which she said sexism was a "major, major factor" in how the election played out.

"I think it was hard for Hillary Clinton to get by the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way I think no men would have been criticized", Ginsburg said.

Clinton has also suggested that there was an element of sexism at play during the election campaign, observing in her memoir What Happened that some people in the USA appeared to struggle with the idea of a female president.

"I suspect that for many of us-more than we might think-it feels somehow off to picture a woman president sitting in the Oval Office or the Situation Room". "It's incredible to me that, for the first time, women are really listened to", she said.

"Anyway we should be careful about getting me too much into the political arena", she added, to laughs.

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