Hillary Clinton writes goodbye letter to feminist literary site 'The Toast'

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Hillary Clinton Pens Goodbye Letter To 'The Toast'

In honor of The Toast's last day of publishing on July 1, Hillary Clinton wrote a note praising the website.

The Toast is a witty, independent, feminist literary website that has been beloved for its emotionally-nurturing and intellectually-stimulating comments section.

The site combines funny, light-hearted art history stories like monks inventing art with heartfelt essays about marriage and emotional abuse. Created by Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe, The Toast has been acclaimed for the strong sense of community it enables.

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Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the United States, throws a thumbs-up during a presidential election victory celebration in 1992. Her husband might be doing the same for her, 24 years later.

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Here she is talking to kids at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, October 21, 1993.

(Photo by Sue Ogrocki / Reuters)

As First Lady, she did a lot of traveling, like to Bosnia in 1996 to meet US soldiers.

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In 1997 she visited Goree Island, Senegal, with her daughter Chelsea. Here they are peering out from the Door of No Return, a former slave trading center, as a soldier stands guard.

(Photo by Win McNamee / Reuters)

Nelson Mandela showed Clinton and Chelsea the cell in which he was held for 27 years at the Robben's Island prison off the coast of Cape Town, March 20, 1997.

(Photo by Win McNamee / Reuters)

Here she is with Bill in the Oval Office, chatting with a bunch of kids awaiting adoption.

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Sporting similar power suits and haircuts, Hillary met with Diana, Princess of Wales, at the White House in 1997.

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No one can claim that she doesn't get her hands dirty. Here's Clinton building a home as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Pikeville, Kentucky, in 1997.

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She's always been an advocate for affordable health care as well as women's rights. In 1998, Clinton gave a speech at Beijing Medical University about improving health care in China, particularly folic acid deficiencies in pregnant mothers.

(Photo by Natalie Behring / Reuters)

Like any presidential nominee, she's good with babies. She found this one during a visit to a children's home in the Dominican Republic in 1998.

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Hillary kneels before the grave of US Private Celia Goldberg, who was killed in Tunisia during World War II, at the North Africa American Cemetery, outside Tunis, in 1999.

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In 2000, she announced her candidacy for New York's Senate seat.

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Later that year, Clinton held an event at the White House on preventing potential harm to children from defective products.

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She won that New York Senate seat on November 7, 2000. Definitely not a "low energy" candidate, based on this picture.

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Days after 9/11, she took a tour of the World Trade Center disaster site.

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Here Clinton is giving kids from Manhattan's Colombia Grammar and Prep school a tour of her office on Capitol Hill in 2003.

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She wrote a book titled "Living History."

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In 2003, all Clinton could do was smirk on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" as Leno shows her a tabloid newspaper article about her hooking up with an alien.

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A power woman power lunches with US troops in Bagram Airbase, north of Kabul, in 2003.

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Here she's listening to Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates testify before the US Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in 2006.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

Hillary and Bill pay their respects to the late former President Gerald Ford in 2007.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

This is her first presidential campaign's website in 2007. It's pretty low-tech.

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Back in 2007, she was running against Obama for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

(Photo by Lisa Hornak / Reuters)

Their body language says more than a thousand words.

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She spent most of 2008 on the campaign trail.

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She's nothing if not ecstatic.

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It was a close race, but she had to endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama at the National Building Museum in Washington, June 7, 2008.

(Photo by Jason Reed / Reuters)

A gracious loser, she waved to delegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 26, 2008.

(Photo by Eric Thayer / Reuters)

Despite losing the nomination, her and Obama found that they had a lot in common. He later made her Secretary of State.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama tour the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo in 2009.

(Photo by Larry Downing / Reuters)

A North Korean soldier looks in through the window as Hillary tours the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjom, South Korea, in 2010.

(Photo by Cherie Cullen/Defense Department photo via Reuters)

This is the badass pic that launched a thousand memes. Hillary looks cool as a cucumber checking her phone on a military C-17 plane to Libya in 2011.

(Photo by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Here she is in the Situation Room with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, in 2011. They just received news on the mission against Osama bin Laden.

(Photo by White House/Pete Souza via Reuters)

They say the second time's a charm: here is Clinton delivering her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015.

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Peek-a-boo: Hillary sizes up her audience at a campaign launch party at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, New Hampshire, on June 15, 2015.

(Photo by Brian Snyder / Reuters)

Hillary takes the stage to speak during the Scott County Democratic Party's Red, White and Blue Dinner at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016.

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Bill is thrilled as his wife speaks at a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, in January 2016.

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A woman of the people, she hugged Brana Marancic, an employee of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 2016. They appear to be in a storage closet.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

It was a fierce race between Clinton and Bernie Sanders

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Here she is speaking to supporters at her New York presidential primary night rally in Manhattan, April 19, 2016.

(Photo by Mike Segar / Reuters)

She did it! Hillary is officially the Democratic presidential nominee, and the first woman in the 240-year history of the US to lead a major party's presidential ticket.

(Photo by Carlos Barria / Reuters)

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Clinton addressed this community and the website in a goodbye letter to readers, honoring the site.

"I know that today is the final day of The Toast, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what this space — and spaces like it — mean for women," wrote Clinton.

She talked about how women have forged their own paths "against overwhelming odds and less-than-friendly welcomes" in nearly every industry.

"When I arrived in the Senate in 2001, I was one of just 13 women, and I remember how thankful I was for my female colleagues on both sides of the aisle," said Clinton. "My friend Barbara Mikulski famously started a tradition of dinner parties for all the women of the Senate. Over a glass of wine — okay, maybe three — we'd give each other support, advice and highly relevant tips to navigate being in such an extreme minority."

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said she's always had "great admiration" for women who create spaces where women can "speak their minds freely." She thanked founders Ortberg, Cliffe and managing editor Nikki Chung for creating this space for women and making their audience "laugh and think along the way."

Clinton concluded, "If the space you're in doesn't have room for your voice, don't be afraid to carve out a space of your own."

Founder Ortberg said the team found out Clinton read The Toast about a month ago. Cliffe said when they were contacted about Clinton wanting to personally write a note for the site, they asked for it to be funny. Instead, she suggested it be heartfelt.

In May, Ortberg and Cliffe announced they were shutting the site down, both for monetary reasons and workload concerns. They said they considered other options but "most of them would have necessitated turning The Toast into something we didn't like, or continuing to work ourselves into the ground forever." They plan to keep the archived content available even after they stop publishing new articles.

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