If there was ever a lady to take up such an authoritative office, the information below will convince you that, that lady would be none other than Hillary Clinton. Born on October 26th1947, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton has served as secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, and an activist.
Hillary Clinton grew up in a middle-class home in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Born to Dorothy and Hugh who was a World War II Navy veteran and ironically a lifelong Republican. Hillary who took up her mother’s passion of helping children,she attended public schools and was a Girl Scout. She also played in a girls’ softball league.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
After graduating from high school, Hillary attended Wellesley College. “We arrived at Wellesley and we found, as all of us have found, that there was a gap between expectation and realities. But it wasn’t a discouraging gap, and it didn’t turn us into cynical, bitter old women at the age of 18. It just inspired us to do something about that gap”. While in college, Hillary became involved with social justice activism. Her classmates chose her to be the first-ever student speaker at Wellesley’s 1969 commencement ceremony.
After college, Hillary enrolled in Yale Law School, where she was one of just 27 women in her graduating class. After law school, Hillary could have taken a high-paying job in Washington or New York. But instead, she went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. During law school, Hillary took a summer job researching the education and health of migrant farm workers and their children. Her experience helped sharpen her focus on children’s rights and dealing with people at large.
After serving as a lawyer for the congressional committee investigating President Nixon, she moved to Arkansas, where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy and ran the legal aid clinic and prison projects. On October 11, 1975, she married Bill in a small ceremony in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Hillary continued working as a lawyer at Rose Law Firm, where she was the first female associate—and soon its first female partner. In 1977, Hillary co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, one of the state’s first child advocacy groups. After Bill became governor of Arkansas, Hillary made it her mission as first lady to improve the state’s lagging health care and education systems.
After decades of fighting on behalf of children and families, Hillary and Bill started their own family in 1980. Their daughter, Chelsea, was named after the Joni Mitchell song “Chelsea Morning.”Bill was elected president in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. Courtesy, William J. Clinton Presidential Library as first lady, Hillary led the fight to provide all Americans with affordable health care.
She chaired the President’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform—and when the insurance companies and other special interests defeated that effort, Hillary kept fighting. She worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the largest expansion of public health insurance coverage since the passage of Medicaid in 1965.
In 2000, Hillary became the first woman to serve as U.S. senator from New York. In the Senate, Hillary worked across the aisle to expand TRICARE so that members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families could get better access to health care. She launched an innovative partnership in New York with eBay and local colleges to provide small businesses with tech support, microloans, and training programs to sell their goods online.
In 2006, she was re-elected to the U.S. Senate with 67 percent of the vote. In 2008, Hillary ran for president. When she came up short, she told her supporters, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.”
When President Obama asked Hillary to serve as his secretary of state, she put aside their hard-fought campaign and answered the call, continuing her lifelong commitment to public service. She visited 112 countries, brought smart power—coupling diplomacy with the threat of force or sanctions—to U.S. foreign policy, and helped shape the global conversation. She built a coalition for tough new sanctions against Iran that brought them to the negotiating table.
She brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that averted a war, advanced the status of women and girls around the world, stood up against sex trafficking, expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and business, and led the fight for a U.N. Security Council resolution to combat sexual violence against women and children in conflict zones.
In 2014, Hillary took on a new role: grandmother to Chelsea’s daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. And on June 18, 2016, she welcomed her grandson, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, to the family. Nothing makes her prouder or happier than watching Chelsea be a mom and getting to spend time with her grandchildren. On April 12, 2015, Hillary announced her campaign for president. With the above portfolio one can confidently say that Hillary is what America needs today.