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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a group of feminists this week that if now-defunct investment bank were run by women, the 2008 financial collapse could have been averted.

"If it weren't Lehman Brothers, but Lehman Sisters, we might not have had the financial collapse," she said.

Gillibrand, a Democrat who holds the seat formerly occupied by Hillary Clinton, said the "empowerment of women" is key to the economy and corporate leadership.

"We don't value women in society," Gillibrand said. 

Tucker Carlson said Gillibrand told the group that gender, not bad risk models or bad government policy, was key to the financial disaster that befell the final months of the Bush administration.

"The 2008 financial collapse was huge and complex," he said, calling Gillibrand, 51, a "Senate non-entity."

Political commentator Tammy Bruce said Gillibrand's comments were "stupid and insulting" to women.

"That's the argument misogynists make," she said. "[The argument being that] because women are risk-averse, they would've taken less chances [and] Lehman would've been just fine."

Bruce said Gillibrand is talking down to other women and "expecting women to have their behavior based on their gender."

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