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    Backwards and in high heels

    "We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary's tough. She was doing everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, backwards and in heels. Every time I thought I might have that race won, Hillary just came back stronger.

    This is an excerpt from the article that I read on Rediff.com. What is the meaning of " backwards and in heels" ? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Backwards and in high heels

    Ginger Rogers was the dancing partner of Fred Astaire. Astaire was renowned for his dancing skills, but Rogers complained once that he got undue credit - she danced just as skilfully, but backwards and in high heels. As the female half of this dancing team, she was at a great disadvantage. As a female politician, Clinton has had to succeed with similar handicaps.

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    Re: Backwards and in high heels

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    This is a reference to the famous dancing partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers who made a number of musical films together, principally in the 1930s.
    The quote itself dates to 1982 and a newspaper cartoon called Frank and Ernest, created by Bob Thaves. It has been quoted many times since in various public situations, with the Barak Obama speech being a very recent and prominent example.
    Here is the original 1982 cartoon.

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