While campaigning in Connecticut today in a last bid for the Connecticut primaries, Hillary Clinton was celebrated before a select crowd of 125 people during a ceremony which took place at Yale University and where the presidential runner was made an honorary Skull and Bones member.
The prestigious secret society, a group that lists on its honor roll former US Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as the current secretary of state John F. Kerry, granted an honorary ‘Bonesmen’ title to Ms. Clinton who formerly attended Yale Law School where she earned a degree in 1973.
“I’ve heard many stories about this ‘select club’ when I was a student in Law School over 40 years ago, which doesn’t make me feel younger at all,” she said laughingly to the crowd of enthusiasts. “It is a great privilege to become a member of this Ivy League club, now I will get to know the truth behind the rumors,” she told the crowd with a grin.
“It might even help me out to win the presidency, some people say it helped the Bushes get into the Oval office, so why not me?” she added with humor.
A ‘secret’ but ‘open minded’ society
Ms. Clinton congratulated the progressive path the fraternity had taken in the past 30 years, formerly a patriarchal and men’s only private club.
“I’m glad to see there are as many women than men standing before me,” she acknowledged under a thunder of applause. “When I attended Yale in the 70s, women were not allowed in the club. Today, as Americans will decide within these next crucial months whom they will make their future president, I pledge to make my Cabinet 50 percent women when I take office,” she said, leading to a standing ovation.
A woman friendly organization
The acceptance of women within the 159-year-old society is fairly recent, explains Janet Gayner, a current member of the secret society.
“There are over 700 living Skull and Bones alumni, most of which are men, yet since 1992, when members voted to open the doors of the club to women, the number of women has sharply risen and accounts for a third of current members,” she acknowledges with pride. “It goes to say our members are not only driven by mischievous plans to conquer the world and human sacrifices, but also of ideals of gender equality,” she notes with laughter, pointing out the alleged rumors of pagan rituals loosely associated with the closed society.
The secret societies most notorious members include Presidents William Howard Taft, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush as well as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, Time magazine founder Henry Luce, and an assortment of CIA officials, Fortune 500 CEOs, and politicians.