Hillary Clinton cited a phrase from The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's dystopian feminist novel, during a Tuesday evening speech at Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary celebration.
"To paraphrase Margaret Atwood, 'We can never let them grind us down,'" Clinton said.
"We come tonight to celebrate the last 100 years, the progress that so many generations have fought so hard for," she said. "What a time it is to be holding this centennial. Just ask those who've been watching 'The Handmaid's Tale,' a book I read and was captivated by years ago."
"Now, I am not suggesting this dystopian future is around the corner, but this show has prompted important conversations about women's rights and autonomy," the 2016 Democratic nominee said. "In The Handmaid's Tale, women's rights are gradually, slowly stripped away. As one character says, 'We didn't look up from our phones until it was too late.'"
"It is not too late for us," Clinton added. "But we have to encourage the millions of women and men who support Planned Parenthood to keep fighting."
Clinton was honored by Planned Parenthood with the Champion of the Century Award at the event.
Atwood's 1985 novel, in which the United States has fallen into a totalitarian theocracy, has recently been converted into a television series aired on Hulu starring Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the protagonist. The juxtaposition of the series airing and President Trump completing his first 100 days in office has not gone unnoticed. Critics have compared Trump's views on women's rights and healthcare to the topics covered in the dystopian novel.
In a recent interview, Atwood said that after the 2016 election "the cast woke up in the morning and thought, we're no longer making fiction — we're making a documentary."