Clinton joked Wednesday night that if she couldn't wear pantsuits, she wouldn't survive.
AMES, Iowa (CNN) - Stressing her point that the "norms are changing" for women in the workplace, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that if she were a member of Congress in the mid-1980s–back when she says women weren't allowed to wear pantsuits–it wouldn't have worked out so well.
"Clearly I would not have survived back then," the senator from New York said to some laughter.
As an example of how far women have come since, she pointed to current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
"During my time in the Senate I have cherished the opportunity to work with my women colleagues in both houses and on both sides of the aisle," she said. "Now we may not see eye to eye on everything, but we get together and we trade those very important bits of advice like what kind of shoes to wear on marble floors when you're on your feet all day."
Clinton–the Democratic frontrunner in recent national polls–delivered a lecture to the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the campus of Iowa State University.
Switching to a more serious tone, Clinton emphasized that no woman should ever have to worry about balancing a career and a family. She added that as president she would try to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act, "experiment" with ways to offer more paid leave, and find ways for employers to allow more people to telecommute.
"You know a lot of work can be done from home now because we obviously have all this technology."
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch