The US Democratic Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton is unequivocally one of the greatest aspirational figures for the 21st century female in the globe. On this week on howtheygrind, we are excited take you through Hillary ‘Grinding’ outstanding personal cum professional successes which earned her the aforementioned laurels.
Birthed at Edgewater Hospital on October 26, 1947 by Dorathy Howell in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Park Ridge, Hillary has always been a child of intellectual promise. Her foundation was solidly influenced as her mother, Dorathy ‘wanted her to have an independent, professional career, and her father (Hugh Rodham), who was otherwise a traditionalist, felt that his daughter’s abilities and opportunities should not be limited by gender. Rodham was raised in a politically conservative household’- Wikipeadia.
GIVEN WINGS TO FLY, SHE FLEW TO THE ZENITH
Hillary was class vice president for her junior year at Maine East High School, where she played active roles in the student council, the school newspaper and was selected National Honor Society. In her senior year in Maine South High School, she earned the National Merit Finalist and was voted “most likely to succeed”. Indeed, her successes held the world spell bound. She graduated in 1965 in top five percent of her class. At age 13, she voluntarily campaigned for Republican candidate, Barry Goldwater in the 1964 U.S. presidential election after she saw evidence of electoral fraud.
Hillary enrolled in Wellesley College in 1965 majoring in political science. In her freshman year, she was the president of the Wellesley Young Republicans. During her “Rockefeller Republican” leadership, she backed the elections of moderate Republicans John Lindsay to Mayor of New York City and Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke to the United States Senate. In 1968, Hillary was elected president of the Wellesley College Government Association and served through early 1969.
Quite commendably and in an action that shows zero tolerance for racism, she organized a two-day student strike when Martin Luther King jr was assassinated. She later worked with Wellesley’s black students to recruit more black students on the faculty. The wonder girl and politician in the making graduated in 1969, earning Bachelor of Arts and departmental honors in political science.
After passing the Arkansas exams in 1974, Hillary followed Clinton to Arkansas. At the time, she has been dating Bill Clinton for 4 years. Bill was then teaching law and running for a seat in the U.S House of Representatives in his home state which he later loss. Later in the year, Hillary assumed the position of female faculty member in the University Of Arkansas School Of Law, Fayetteville. She added the Yale Law School Juris Doctor to her feather in 1973.
Being the girl who had been ‘playing hard to get’, Bill has his moment in the sun in 1975 after purchasing a house in Fayetteville. She said ‘yes ‘, the wedding held in their living room in the summer of 1975.
In November 1976, fortune smiled on Bill Clinton as he was elected Arkansas Attorney General which necessitated that the couple relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas state capital.
2 years later, Bill became the Governor of Arkansas. He would serve for as the Governor for 12 non-consecutive years. As the first lady of Arkansas, she chaired the Rural Health Advisory Committee helping to expand medical facilities to rural part of Arkansas. Hillary gave birth to her only child, Chelsea on February 27, 1980 in Arkansas.
Hillary became the First Lady of the United States of America when Bill Clinton was elected president in January 1993. She would later represent New York as a senator between 2001 till 2009. On entering the Senate.
She served on Committee on Budget, Armed Services, Environment and Public Works, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Special Committee on Aging. She was also a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN MESSIAH
In a century when feminism advocacy is at its loudest, Hillary opined in a controversial interview with Nigeria Chimamanda Adichie, that a woman can have it all with clear-cut prioritization.
She said “it shouldn’t be either/or.
It should be that if you are someone who is defining yourself by what you do and what you accomplish, and that is satisfying, then more power to you. That is what you should be thinking about your life, and living it.
If you are someone who primarily defines your life in relationship to others, then more power to you, and love that life the way Barbara Bush lived that life, and how proud she was to do it.”
An article about Hillary will be incomplete without noting her sterling ‘Human Rights are Women Rights and Women Rights are Human Rights’ speech of September 1995 where she vehemently spoke against oppression and ill-practices against women.
Hillary did a postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center. In late 1973, she wrote an article on children health titled “Children Under the Law”.
The article earned wide public acceptance and was published in the Harvard Educational Review.
Her sojourn in the Children Health advocacy is aptly described ‘During her second year, she worked at the Yale Child Study Centre, learning about new research on early childhood brain development and working as a research assistant on the seminal work, Beyond the Best Interests of the Child (1973).
She also took on cases of child abuse at Yale–New Haven Hospital and volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide free legal advice for the poor.’
Hillary continued her Children Advocacy when she joined Arkansas Rose Law Firm in February 1977. She offered pro-bono service authoring two more scholarly articles tilted “Children’s Policies: Abandonment and Neglect” in 1977 and “Children’s Rights: A Legal Perspective” in 1979 respectively. She also cofounded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a state-level alliance with the Children’s Defense Fund.
In her capacity as America’s First Lady after Bill Clinton assumed POTUS in 1993, Clinton helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice in partnership with Attorney General Janet Reno. In 1997, she played a vital role in the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
Similarly, in 1999, she worked relentlessly for the passage of the Foster Care Independence Act which doubled federal allocation for teenagers aging out of foster care.
Clinton hosted White House conferences on Child Care, Early Childhood Development and Learning and on Children and Adolescents, Teenagers and the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy.
WOMAN OF MANY FIRSTS
The distinguished Hillary has won many first caps in her political career. She has been regarded as the most openly empowered presidential wife in American history only after Eleanor Roosevelt. She was instrumental to the vetting of political appointments in her husband’s administration.
She was the first inaugural First Lady to have earned a postgraduate degree and to have her own professional career up to the time of entering the White House. She was also the first to have an office in the West Wing of the White House in addition to the usual first lady offices in the East Wing.
Back when her husband was the Attorney General of Arkansas in 1978, she was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation. She was the first chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, created to address gender bias in the legal profession.
In 2000, Clinton was elected as the first female Senator from New York. She was reelected to the Senate in 2006. 10 years later, Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.
SOME PEBBLES ON THE WAY
Hillary hasn’t only innumerable moments in the sun, she has also had traces of dark cloud. Taking the lenses from the rare, while serving as the chair of a Task Force on National Health Care Reform in January 1993, Hillary fielded a health care plan later dubbed as HillaryCare modeled after her educational reform in Arkansas.
Unfortunately, the project was rejected in 1994 even by some democratic senators. During this time, Hillary suffered a decrease from 50 to 35 in the rank of First Lady’s approval ratings by September 1994.
In a controversy which was later known as Travelgate , Hillary was accused of orchestrating audit of the White House Travel Office financial irregularities which led to the firing of staffs. She was accused of replace the staffs with some friends in Arkansas. But for the lack of sufficient evidence, she would have been prosecuted.
In 1998, the Clintons came under public scrutiny following accusations that Bill had extra marital affairs with White House Intern, Monica Lewinsky. Hillary stood doggedly with her husband during the unpleasant days of the scandal.
Hillary’s Presidential ambition pitched her against Barrack Obama in the Democratic primaries of 2008. Obama won in the primaries and went ahead to defeat John McCain of Republican Party. When Obama assumed office, she was appointed the Secretary of State, ensuring that America’s diplomatic relations thrived bountifully.
THE AUTHORIAL EXTRAORDINAIRE
Clinton authored an auto-biography titled, Living History. Her second book, Hard Choices has sold about 280,000 copies (2015). She wrote ‘what happened’ after her 2016 election defeat. Hilary and Tim Kaine co-authored ‘Stronger Together’, documenting their plans for the US if they had won the election.
If you have ever read any of Hillary’s texts, you will understand her personable disposition. Even in dispute, she never loses sight of the minutest commendable attributes of people whose political and economic views differs from hers.
In her second memoir, ‘Hard Choices’, she gave an account of former Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry
Medvedev’s loyal action during former President Obama’s first Europe trip.
‘Before one of our meetings in Prague, on that same April trip, he pulled me aside and said, “Hillary, I need to talk to you.” He put his arm around me and walked me over toward a window. I wondered what sensitive policy matter he wanted to discuss. Instead, he whispered in my ear, “You’ve got something in your teeth.” It was embarrassing, to be sure, but also the kind of thing only a friend would say and a sign that we were going to have each other’s back.’
Though our dear, Hillary has commented that she will not seek public office again in April 2017, she’s had one of the best political career in the history of the world.