Chelsea Clinton, Elle

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First of all, we want that Gucci dress that Chelsea Clinton is wearing on the cover of the May issue of Elle.

And second...

How's this for timing?!

The 35-year-old activist and former first daughter may have opened up to the magazine about how motherhood has changed her life and how utterly fabulous her 6-month-old daughter Charlotte is, but we're thinking that the doting mom didn't have Charlotte in mind (not yet, anyway) when she expounded upon the importance of electing a female president.

Chelsea Clinton, Elle

Paola Kudacki for ELLE

"We've made real progress on legal protections for women, but in no way are women at parity to men in our country in the workplace," Chelsea told Elle. "And if we look in the political sphere, it is challenging to me that women comprising 20 percent of Congress is treated as a real success. Since when did 20 percent become the definition of equality?

"And so when you ask about the importance of having a woman president, absolutely it's important, for, yes, symbolic reasons—symbols are important; it is important who and what we choose to elevate, and to celebrate. And one of our core values in this country is that we are the land of equal opportunity, but when equal hasn't yet included gender, there is a fundamental challenge there that, I believe, having our first woman president—whenever that is—will help resolve."

Well, it just so happens that mother Hillary Clinton—who lost the Democratic nomination to President Barack Obama in 2008 but has widely been considered the party's so-called inevitable candidate for the 2016 election—is expected to announce on Sunday that she is indeed running for president again.

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea's interview was of course conducted at least a couple of months ago, but... here's a well-timed sneak peek!

"And do I think [having a woman as commander in chief] would make a substantive difference?" she continued in her talk with the mag.

"Yes, we've seen again and again, when women have been in positions of leadership, they have had different degrees of success versus their male counterparts, historically being able to build more consensus so that decisions have longer-term effects, whether in economic investments or in building social capital. Who sits around the table matters. And who sits at the head of the table matters, too."

That it does.

But back to that adorable daughter she has with husband Marc Mezvinsky, who is also the first grandchild to date for Hillary and former President Bill Clinton.


Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky

Jon Davidson, Office of President Clinton

"Marc and I are like, "What did we do before we were parents?'" Chelsea marveled. "My whole life is reoriented around my daughter in the most blessed sense. I now understand—this is something else that Marc and I talk about all the time—all of the enthusiastic, bombastically spectacular, wonderful things people say about their children, because we also feel and think all those things about Charlotte—that she is just the most remarkable little bubbly, perfect, chunky monkey creature ever."

Well, Bill Clinton had said that his granddaughter was the "greatest thing since sliced bread," so we had expected nothing less!

The May issue of Elle will be available for download on April 14 and hits newsstands April 21.

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