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Hillary Clinton praises female musicians in Billboard essay

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Hillary Clinton is clearly a pop music fan. The presidential hopeful praised artists like Loretta Lynn, Lady Gaga, and Demi Lovato in a new essay published in Billboard‘s latest Women in Music issue.

“None of these women had success handed to her,” Clinton wrote. “They all had to keep at it, even in the face of failure and discouragement — they kept singing, kept writing, kept getting better and better. They did it because they knew they had something special to offer the world … And they were absolutely right about that.”

She went on to applaud these women for using their fame for good by getting involved in advocacy and mentorship programs, and expressed that she hopes women and girls will hear their songs “and feel a greater sense of possibility for their own lives.”

“Maybe they’ll recognize themselves in these women,” she wrote. “Maybe they’ll be inspired to reach toward their own dreams with greatest urgency. Maybe they’ll stand a little straigher or speak a little louder because that’s what Gaga and Missy and Brittany and Tori and Selena and Demi and Kelsea and Lana and Ally and Normani and Lauren and Camilla and Dinah and Loretta would do. And if none of that happens, who knows — maybe they’ll just dance.”

Read Clinton’s full piece here.