Monica Lewinsky Marks The 20th Anniversary Of The Bill Clinton Scandal With A Powerful Message

"I survived another year from 1998."

It's been 20 years since news broke that then-president Bill Clinton had engaged in an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who at the time was 24 years old. Lewinsky was instantly catapulted into unenviable infamy. Feminist critics argue that while Clinton managed to move on from the scandal with comparable ease, Lewinsky was forever marked and shamed for what for Clinton quickly became a footnote.

Despite the scrutiny, Lewinsky pushed forward, becoming an entrepreneur and an anti-cyberbullying activist. On Tuesday, she acknowledged how far she has come and encouraged others to recognize the 20-year anniversary with their own stories of surviving the unimaginable.


Read some of the responses to Lewinsky below.

Lewinsky's tweet reminds us of how far both media and society have come in the past 20 years.

With progressive movements like Hollywood's #TimesUp and social media's #MeToo, people are starting to have real conversations about sexual harassment and misconduct. If this scandal were to have happened in 2018, instead of 1998, would the story have been told in the same way? It's impossible to say, but, as evidenced by the replies to Lewinsky, today's news audience seems to be responding with more empathy.

Cover image via Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins.


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