Viewpoint: The Tracks of Her Tears

When Hillary (nearly) wept, women voters saw not just her femininity but also her humanity

Anthony Suau for TIME

Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during a victory rally at Southern New Hampshire University

It's been about 100 years since Sigmund Freud first asked in exasperation, "What do women want?" This week voters in New Hampshire answered that query definitively: A tissue.

When Hillary Clinton defied all odds to nab New Hampshire from the Barack Obama juggernaut, the punditocracy was quick to attribute the reversal to a moment the day before, when Clinton teared up at a diner in Portsmouth, N.H. Responding to a question on how she remained so "upbeat and wonderful," Clinton, voice cracking, said, "This is very personal for me. It's not just political....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!