Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947 to Hugh Ellsworth Rodham and Dorothy Howell Rodham. Hillary lived a decidedly middle-class lifestyle growing up. She was raised by Methodist parents, and during one of her Sunday school trips, she had the opportunity to see Martin Luther King Jr. speak. This opportunity, along with pulling upon her mother’s experience growing up when her parents abandoned her at a young age, inspired Hillary to fight for social justice and the needy children. After graduating from Main State High School, Hillary went on to earn a high honors degree at Wellesley College, in Massachusetts.
She was known here as the first ever student to give a commencement speech. From there, she worked toward a law degree at Yale Law School. It was here she met her husband, the 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton. Hillary graduated from Yale with a Juris Doctor degree. Upon graduating, Hillary went the unconventional route and began working for the Children’s Defense Fund, where she gathered crucial testimonial which led to the passage of legislation that began to provide quality education to students with disabilities via the state. Hillary then went on to serve as a congressional committee lawyer which investigated President Nixon. Once ended, she moved to Arkansas where she most notably co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
Hillary was married in October of 1975 to Bill Clinton. In 1979, Bill became the governor of Arkansas, which made Hillary the 1st Lady of Arkansas, and she used the platform to her advantage by further defending family access to health care and by uplifting educational standards. In February 1980, Hillary and Bill had their only child, Chelsea Clinton. Bill Clinton became president in 1992, which afforded Hillary the title of First Lady of the United States. Using her position, Hillary fought avidly to reform the status of the health care system, giving families much needed help to afford quality care.
When efforts failed, Hillary remained tenacious in her pursuit, working across the Democrat line to collaborate with Republicans, where she was then successful in creating the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which cut uninsured rates by half, and provides health insurance coverage to over 8 million children. Hillary ran for congress in 2000 and was elected as the 1st female senator from New York. Working again towards her crusade in health care, Hillary expanded TRICARE, which helped provide healthcare to Reserve and National Guard families.
While in congress, Hillary also worked to push the launch of Farm-to-Fork, which benefitted rural areas and small towns in New York to get their products sold in school, restaurants, and universities. Hillary ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008. When she ceded defeat, she still threw her support behind democratic nominee, Barak Obama.
He then returned the support and asked Hillary to serve as the 67th Secretary of State. During her tenure Hillary became an advocate human rights, and general rights of women, young people, LGBT, and girls worldwide. Hillary served as the Secretary of State until 2013. Hillary Clinton firmly advocates for fair tax, stricter gun control, equal distribution of wealth, utilizing clean energy and reducing impacts of climate change, combating terrorism, increasing disability and early childhood education rights, better health care, immigration reform with an emphasis on full and equal citizenship, ending poverty, capitalizing racial equality, boosting small business, easier voting rights, strengthening social security and Medicare programs, Women’s rights and increasing the opportunities available for women, maintaining a strong and secure military, changing the criminal justice system, increasing job opportunities and wages, and providing secure housing.
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