It takes courage, patience, a strong will, and thick skin to be first. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, but everything still changes afterwards. Hillary Clinton is to be congratulated for being the first woman to be selected as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. She fought a hard, long, tumultuous battle, but didn’t come away with the prize. One would think that was the end of it. But instead, what I’ve seen is a surge of energy and comradery among women to get things done. Yes, it was about getting Hillary elected, at first, but now it’s about making things right and making the country better for everyone, not just women. I love this energy and the renewed sense of obligation and expectation that Hillary’s run for president has stirred up. Let’s keep it going.
Hillary Rodham was born on October 26, 1947. She grew up in a middle-class home in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Her dad, Hugh, was a World War II Navy veteran—and a lifelong Republican who worked hard and wasted nothing. He ran a business where he designed, printed, and sold draperies.
Hillary’s mother, Dorothy, had a tough childhood—and she inspired Hillary’s lifelong commitment to helping every child live up to his or her God-given potential.
It was in law school at the Yale library that she and Bill Clinton first said hello.
During law school, Hillary took a summer job researching the education and health of migrant farmworkers and their children. Her experience helped sharpen her focus on children’s rights.
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.
She went door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, gathering stories about the lack of schooling for children with disabilities. These testimonials contributed to the passage of historic legislation that required the state to provide quality education for students with disabilities.
After serving as a lawyer for the congressional committee investigating President Nixon, Hillary moved to Arkansas, where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy and ran the legal aid clinic and prison projects.
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.
Hillary 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. But the first thing her friends and family will tell you is that she’s never forgotten where she came from or who she’s been fighting for throughout her life.
Learn more about Hillary at www.HillaryClinton.com
Women’s History Trivia
I won an Emmy for my role on TV in 1979 and appeared in “Gone With the Wind.”
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