The Modern First Ladies- Beauty and Brains-Hillary Clinton


Hillary Diane Rodham was born, October 26, 1947 in Chicago Illinois  to Hugh Rodham, a textile supply owner, and Dorothy Rodham, a stay-at-home mom. The blond hair  blue-eye beauty has always had a passion for politics.In fact,  she was active in young Republican groups and campaigned for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. She was inspired to work in some form of public service after hearing a speech in Chicago by the Reverend Martin Luther King and became a Democrat in 1968.

Hillary Rodham

According to her biography on Biography.com, Hillary attended Wellesley College; she was active in student politics and was elected Senior Class president before she graduated in 1969. She then attended Yale Law School, where she met  her future husband, Bill Clinton. Graduating with honors in 1973, she also attended one post-graduate year of study on children and medicine at Yale Child Study Center.

After rejecting Bill Clinton’s proposals three times,  Hillary accepted and the two were married on October 11, 1975 forming a political power couple that demands respected to this day. In 1976, she worked on Jimmy Carter’s successful campaign for president while husband Bill was elected Attorney General.  According to her biography, her husband Bill, was elected governor in 1978 at age 32, lost re-election in 1980, but came back to win in 1982, 1984, 1986 (when the term of office was expanded from two to four years) and 1990.During the twelve years that she served as First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary  worked as a full-time partner of a law firm, chaired the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, managed a home, and cared for her husband and daughter Chelsea.

First Lady Hillary Clinton

In January 1993 her husband became the nations 42nd President. He  asked the First Lady to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform. Though he efforts to pass health reform legislation failed. Hillary went on to have a prominent and inspiring career as a deeply politically involved first lady.Hillary Clinton was the only First Lady to keep an office in the West Wing among those of the president’s senior staff.

n 1988, US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton hosted President Kim Dae-jung and his wife Lee Hee-ho at a White House state dinner.

According to her biography, Hillary had encountered controversy from practically the beginning of her tenure.
“By her having assuming a more overtly political role than any of her predecessors, Hillary Clinton was an easy target for the political opposition; oftentimes it was she personally that was attacked, beyond the words she spoke or actions she took.”- Biography.com

Sen. Hillary Clinton greets graduates of the Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.

On November 7, 2000, Hillary became the first First Lady ever elected to public office, winning the U.S. Senate seat from New York State. Sworn in as a U.S. Senator on January 1, 2001 but remaining First Lady until January 20 of that year, she  served simultaneously for twenty days as a member of one branch of government while married to the leader of another branch. She was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.


Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

“In early 2007, Hillary  announced her plans to strive for another first—to be the first female president. During the 2008 Democratic Primaries, Senator Clinton conceded her nomination when it became apparent that nominee Barack Obama held a majority of the delegate vote.”- Biography.com


Barack Obama gets a peck on the cheek from Sen. Hillary Clinton

Shortly after Obama won the U.S. presidential election, he nominated Clinton to become Secretary of State in his 2009 cabinet. She accepted the nomination, and was officially approved by the senate on January 21st, 2009, becoming the first Fist Lady to become Secretary of Sate.



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