Hillary Clinton has said many "adult male leaders" are afraid of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The former US Secretary of State spoke in London with his daughter Chelsea to launch their book – The Book Of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories Of Courage And Resilience.
In their book, they share the stories of the women who inspired them, and the 16-year-old Swedish is among them.
Greta was included in the book a year ago when the mother-daughter duo read about her lonely climate strike in front of the Swedish parliament.
"We were so excited about it," Mrs. Clinton said Sunday night at the Southbank Center Royal Festival Hall.
Since then, Greta has sailed across the Atlantic and delivered a powerful speech to the UN on climate change.
"It's been fascinating to see how scared many adult male leaders are for this young 16-year-old girl who talks about the threat of climate change," Ms. Clinton said.
The US Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 said that the fact that Greta is a young woman who speaks "rattles" the paradigms and "old DNA" that still exists in society.
"It's crazy to think about how much is still working," she said.
"You could probably take some of the people who have been so critical of her (Greta) on social media and other environments, associate them with a lie detector and say & # 39; don't you think it's a bit sexist. & # 39;
"And of course they don't say, and they might even go because they are so excited about the idea that whatever she says before we even get in favor of it must be discredited because she didn't have to say it."
Chelsea added that people in the United States are attacking Greta because they cannot attack the science of climate change.
"More broadly, her real clarity and fearlessness and just being so open and relentlessly focused on the future, I think is incredibly threatening to many people," she said.
Other women in the book include youngest Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, American teacher and spokeswoman for the blind and deaf Helen Keller and professional tennis player Serena Williams.
The book also features other not-so-well-known women like Diana Nyad, who became the first person to swim in waters attacked by sharks and deadly jellyfish from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida without a protective cage.
The duo were asked if they had a list of men who they believe are "gutsy".
Mrs. Clinton said her first thought was Nelson Mandela.
"He was one of the more remarkable, gusty, humane leaders and people we could know," she said.
“In the present time there is a real struggle. There is a lot of toxicity coming from male leaders, not to mention anyone. "
She also said former US President Barack Obama was a role model.
"I think Barack Obama was a very gutsy person, but who worked so hard not to make it show," she said.
"He knew the undercurrents that worked against him, and he has been a great defender of women's rights and opportunities."
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