Clinton chimed in on social media, sharing a black-and-white photo from herself and a group of classmates at Illinois’ Maine South High School. “To young Hillary in Park Ridge, Illinois, I’d say: For a girl who likes to have a plan, you’re going to have to take a lot of leaps of faith. But believe in yourself, you’re doing great,” she wrote alongside the image, which is dated 1965.
The words are a worthy reminder for not only to younger girls, but also to women who are coming into their own as adults. And Clinton’s not the only notable figure to share advice as part of the This Is 18 project. Renowned activist Gloria Steinem also provided some advice for her 18-year-old self.
“You won’t have to wait for others to decide your life — not a husband and children and not convention,” the New York Times quotes Steinem as saying, also featuring a black-and-white photo of her younger self. “You will be able to decide your own life. Knowing that would have saved me so much time!”
In addition to gathering some words of wisdom from notable figures to their younger selves, The New York Times is also encouraging women around the world to share their own experiences as an 18-year-old, despite their current age. Simply share a photo of yourself at 18 along with what you would say to yourself at that age, using the hashtag #ThisIs18.
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