Sixty-eight-year-old grandmother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, just broke through the ultimate political glass ceiling by becoming the first presumptive nominee of a major political party.
HILLARY CLINTON MAKES POLITICAL HISTORY!
Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947, in the Chicago area. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1969, and earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1973 (where she met Bill Clinton, her future husband). After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas, marrying Bill in 1975. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. In 1978, she became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation. In 1979, she became the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm.
As First Lady of Arkansas (1979-81, 1983-92), Ms. Clinton led a task force that helped reform Arkansas public schools. As First Lady of the United States (1992-2000) she helped create programs for children’s health insurance, adoption, and foster care. In 1996 she faced a federal grand jury over the Whitewater controversy, but no charges were brought against her related to this (or any other) controversy. Her marriage endured the Lewinsky scandal of 1998, but the fallout from this, plus her high level of political involvement with her husbands’ presidency tended to polarize the public response to her as a politician and a woman.
In 2000, Ms. Clinton was elected as the first female senator from New York (and the only First Lady to seek elective office). After 9/11, she supported the war in Afghanistan. She also voted for the Iraq invasion (which she later regretted). She voted against the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, and voted against John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the United States Supreme Court. She was re-elected to the Senate in 2006, and ran for president in 2008, losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.
As Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, Ms. Clinton responded to the Arab Spring, during which she advocated the U.S. Military intervention in Libya. She accepted responsibility for security lapses related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, though she had no role in consulate security prior to that attack.
Hillary Clinton left office after Obama’s first term to author her fifth book and undertake speaking engagements before announcing her second presidential run for the 2016 election.
For more information:
• en.wikipedia.org - Hillary Clinton
• en.wikipedia.org - Legal Services Corporation
• en.wikipedia.org - Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
• en.wikipedia.org - Whitewater controversy
• en.wikipedia.org - Lewinsky scandal
• en.wikipedia.org - Benghazi attack