Hillary Clinton decided to go to Yale law school after a Harvard professor told her: 'We don't need any more women at Harvard'

In her new memoir chronicling the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton described how a Harvard law professor dissuaded her from attending his school, to which she had been accepted as a college senior, because "We don't need any more women at Harvard."

"That's part of why I went to Yale," Clinton wrote. 

In a chapter entitled, "On Being a Woman in Politics," Clinton wrote about the sexism and gender-related adversity she has faced and witnessed throughout her life, beginning in elementary school when her classmates made fun of her glasses and the "lack of ankles on my sturdy legs," through sexist treatment she received as the first lady of Arkansas, and throughout her time in Washington.

Getting into law school was also made harder by sexism, Clinton wrote, recalling how men taking the Law School Admissions Test with her in 1968 harassed her and her female friend, telling them, "You don't need to be here" and "Why don't you go home and get married?"

Another told Clinton, "If you take my spot at law school, I'll get drafted, and I'll go to Vietnam, and I'll die." 

Clinton said she put her head down and ignored the bullying.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on stage at the Women in the World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on stage at the Women in the World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on stage at the Women in the World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on stage with Journalist Nicholas Kristof at the Women in the World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on stage at the Women in the World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on stage at the Women in the World Summit in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets Samantha Bee at the Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: (L-R) Tina Brown acknowledges former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after an interview with Nicholas Kristof during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, April 6, 2017 in New York City. Clinton discussed a range of issues, including the crisis in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Journalist Nicholas Kristof speak during the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives onstage for an interview with Nicholas Kristof during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, April 6, 2017 in New York City. Clinton discussed a range of issues, including the crisis in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during an interview with Nicholas Kristof during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, April 6, 2017 in New York City. Clinton discussed a range of issues, including the crisis in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Journalist Nicholas Kristof speak during the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pauses during an interview with Nicholas Kristof during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, April 6, 2017 in New York City. Clinton discussed a range of issues, including the crisis in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 6: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives onstage for an interview with Nicholas Kristof during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, April 6, 2017 in New York City. Clinton discussed a range of issues, including the crisis in Syria. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Journalist Nicholas Kristof speak at the Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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