Profiles in Power: Hillary Clinton

 Hillary Clinton

Born into a family of conservatives that support the Republicans, Hillary Clinton’s political preferences changed as she began to strongly stand against war. She would become a staunch Democratic supporter in 1968. She was proactive in political roles right from her young age. She would later pursue her law career for over twelve years. She was a member of the board of numerous non-profit organizations and prominent companies. With Bill Clinton becoming the Arkansas governor, she was Arkansas’s first lady for twelve years.

Hillary Clinton became the very first U.S. first lady to win an election to a public office, when she was won a seat to the United States senate in 2001. She would later become the sixty-seventh United States Secretary of State. From 2009, she served at her role as Secretary of State until 2013. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the very first woman in the history of the United States to be nominated as a presidential candidate of a major party.



Born as Hillary Diane Rodham in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947, Hillary Clinton grew up in Park Ridge, a picturesque suburb of Illinois, some 15 miles north-west of downtown Chicago. She was born into a Methodist family and she was the eldest of Dorothy Emma Howell and Hugh Ellsworth Rodham children. She graduated as one of the National Merit Finalists in 1965 from Maine South High school, before enrolling at Wellesley College to major in Political Science, in 1965. She bagged a degree in Law from the Yale University, and later married Bill Clinton, a fellow graduate from law school, in 1975.



Hillary Clinton was elected as Wellesley young republican president, and went on to become the president of Wellesley College Government Association. In 1970, Clinton was selected as part of Senator Walter Mondale’s migrant workers sub-committee. She bagged the Juris Doctor Degree in 1973, from Yale. She then served as a staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, while undergoing her postgraduate studies. She was a member of the committee whose work led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, in 1974.

She served as the U.S. first lady between 1993 and 2001, and then in the U.S. Senate between 2001 and 2009. Clinton announced her intentions to participate in the race for the White House in early 2007. She however conceded the Democratic Party nomination during the 2008 primaries, as it became obvious that Barack Obama was leading in the polls.

Obama appointed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State after winning the presidential election, and she became a part of the presidential cabinet in 2009, dutifully discharging her duties until 2013. By 2015, in the spring, she announced her intentions to run for the office of the presidency again. By 2016, she won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, becoming the first woman ever to achieve such feat in the history of the United States.

Hillary Clinton has received many medals and awards for her contributions in law and politics. With high reckon in every role she took, she has bagged many honorary degrees from various universities around the world.


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