Hillary Rodham Clinton used to mostly be known to the public as Bill Clinton’s wife and later his first-lady, but she had made a name for herself before and after Bill’s presidential run. In fact, her name often crops up in talks about the 2016 presidential race as someone who could possibly be the first woman President of the United States.
Born Hillary Diane Rodham in Chicago, Illinois on October 16, 1947 as the first child to Dorothy Emma Howell and Hugh Ellsworth Rodham. A few years later she would become the eldest sister to both Hugh and Tony Rodham.
The Rodham family lived in Park Ridge, Illinois for most of Hillary’s academic career. Throughout her elementary, middle and high school years she participated in sports, the school newspapers and student council. She was selected for her high school honors society and graduated in the top five percent of her 1965 class.
After high school, Hillary enrolled at Wellesley College as a political science major, she was the first ever student to give the commencement address that received a seven-minute standing ovation. In her address she said the following “ The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible” (white house website)
She began her graduate studies at Yale Law School where she became interested in child and youth development and abuse cases, she also volunteered by providing free legal advice to those of need. During her studies at Yale she met her future husband Bill Clinton, they dated throughout their degrees but the first time Bill proposed after their graduation she declined. Hillary received her Juris Doctor degree in 1973 from Yale. She began her postgraduate study at the Yale Child Study Center where she ...
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...en) because she has consistently stood up for women’s rights, whether they are international or North American. She has been an advocate for reproductive rights, has been known to be pro-choice and a strong feminist figure.
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