American National Government
November 17, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton once described politics as “the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.” Throughout her life, personal and professional, she made what seemed impossible a possibility. Hillary Clinton has proved to be one of the most influential women in America through her work as the United State’s 67th Secretary of State, the First Lady, and even as a women’s rights activist.
Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh Rodham, a prosperous fabric store owner, and Emma Howell Rodham. She is the eldest of three, with two younger brothers, Hugh Jr. and Anthony. She was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, located about fifteen miles northwest of downtown Chicago. She worked as a babysitter as a young woman, sometimes babysitting migrant Mexican workers’ children during her vacation breaks. She applied to NASA, but was turned away after being told that women weren’t accepted in the astronaut program.
As a young woman, Hillary Rodham was not the Democrat she is known to be now. She was active in young Republican groups and actually campaigned for Barry Goldwater, a Republican presidential nominee, in 1964. She was inspired by a speech in Chicago by Martin Luther King to work in some form of public service and became a Democrat in 1968. Hillary attended Wellesley College, a private women’s liberal-arts college in Massachusetts. As a college student, she secured a grant and went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. That following summer, she went to Washington D.C. for Senator Walter Mondale’s subcommittee on migrant workers to research migrant problems in health, education, sanitation, and housing. Hillary went on to attend Yale Law School, where she met her soon to be husband, Bill Clinton. While attending Yale, she volunteered at Yale’s Child Study Center and New Haven Hospital, where she took cases of child abuse and provided legal services for the poor. Hillary married Bill Clinton in 1975 and gave birth to their only child, Chelsea in 1980.
After their marriage, Hillary joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of Legal Services Corporation the same year Bill Clinton was elected to his first of five terms as Governor of Arkansas. She represented and served on the board of Arkansas businesses, chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocated for Children and Families, and served on the boards of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Legal Services, and the Children’s Defense Fund. She wrote a weekly newspaper column called “Talking It Over” in her spare time.
Hillary Clinton became First Lady in 1993 and within the first five days, she was named by her husband the head of the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform. She oversaw research, investigatory trips, financial reports, and numerous...