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Samantha Bee Chatted With a Bunch of Current Female Heads of State About How They Deal With Sexism

With the big day two weeks away and Hillary Clinton the odds-on favorite, Americans are on the verge of electing their first female president. But after a dark campaign that’s brought out ugly, widespread sexism across the country—predictably, some might say—what could the backlash against a President Clinton look like? On Monday night’s Full Frontal, after an illuminating chat about the election with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Samantha Bee went straight to the source to find out: current female heads of state from around the world.

“I have seen misogyny come down,” Chilean president Michelle Bachelet said. “But it did not disappear.” Indeed, others saw the sexist attacks only mount—Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s unique phone-storage method inspired such headlines as “The problem with keeping your phone in your bra,” while Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was wrongly accused of starring in a porn. To that last point, at least, Bee wasn’t too worried. “Obviously it wasn’t real: You can’t become president if you were in porn.” Hopefully, that turns out to be true.