Mara Lavitt

At a cocktail party for students admitted to Harvard Law School in 1969, a professor told a young Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 that Harvard did not need any more women. Clinton, who would later become the first woman to receive a presidential nomination from a major political party, promptly, and unsurprisingly, committed to Yale, graduating in 1973.

On Wednesday Oct. 25, Clinton returned to her alma mater to discuss the 2016 election, her new book “What Happened?” and her hopes for the future of U.S. politics with Law School Dean Heather Gerken. More than 400 people — including Law School students, faculty members, administrators and Clinton’s former colleagues — packed into the Law School Auditorium to attend the discussion, giving the former secretary of state a standing ovation as she entered.

“I want to be clear that it is my best effort at explaining what happened,” Clinton said about her book. “But there are certain lessons in it that I really hope people will take away with them, because it’s not just about what happened, it’s what we need to do to prevent it from happening again.”

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