Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks to the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton  on Jan. 27. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

In her hear-me-roar mode, Hillary Clinton told an audience of New York University students that the best thing a woman in public life could do was to not take it personally. “It’s important to learn how to take criticism seriously but not personally, and to do that you have to be willing to hear what others who are your critics are saying and to evaluate where they are coming from,” she said.

What a relief to know that the woman who felt persecuted by the world in her husband’s administration has learned an important life lesson. Now all she has to do is spread the gospel to her supporters. Don’t be a whiny woman, I guess sums it up the best. Stop craving victimhood, ladies!

No more melting down over what a talk show host says about you.

No more over-reacting to make a national issue over a stupid remark or two by a male candidate.

No more claiming legitimate scrutiny of her is an “obsession.”

No more conflating abortion with respect for women or accusing every pro-life advocate of being anti-woman.

No more telling women they are worse off than they are or ignoring men who have suffered worse in this recession than women.

No more citing a patently false earnings statistic to pander to women.

In all seriousness, she might go a long way toward freeing women from the victim role. She can counsel women (and men) to address issues on the merits and not assume there is a vast conspiracy out to get you. She should acknowledge and welcome the tough scrutiny that goes hand in hand with politics, especially when running for president. She may wonder “what difference does it make?” — but voters and opponents have the right to explore any aspect of her public life.

Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be blamed for the left’s stubborn perpetuation of victimhood, which is not limited by any means to gender discrimination. (Unfortunately, having an African American president did not bring us the post-racial era, and his MSNBC fanboys still cry racism when legitimate criticisms are raised.) But she could make a difference. Ending the whining is a good place to start.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.