Feminist icon calls Clinton 'brave,' Fiorina 'bad for feminism'

To feminist icon Gloria Steinem, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is unusually brave and businesswoman Carly Fiorina is just unusual.

During a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the 81-year-old Ms. magazine founder, who's been celebrated for decades in feminist circles, weighed in on the two female presidential hopefuls, saying she'd award Clinton's campaign an overall "8 out of 10" and describing why Fiorina is both good and bad for feminism.

"[Clinton] is just more experienced and braver than anyone else," Steinem said of the presumptive Democratic front-runner. "I think she should have a button saying, 'I wasn't born a Clinton.' And I do wish that Bush hadn't had a son, the first Bush. But if it's OK to be a son, it's OK to be a spouse. "

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Steinem continued, "Only [Clinton] looks at the status of women and females everywhere as part of foreign policy. And this is especially crucial now because, for the first time that we know of, there are fewer females on earth than males as a result of domestic violence in this country, sexualized violence in war zones, preference for male babies, FGM, child marriage ... and only she considers it."

Turning to Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company, Steinem said: "[She's] good for feminism because she demonstrates that it's not about biology, it's about consciousness."

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