HRC's Bio

Relishing the victories that put her over the top on June 7th, 2016 (image  here )

Relishing the victories that put her over the top on June 7th, 2016 (image here)

  • 1947- Born on October 26th to middle-class, Methodist, and Republican parents in a Chicago suburb
  • Became inspired to fight for social justice after seeing MLK Jr. speak
  • 1969- Graduated Wellesley College, where she had a change of heart, forgoing the Republican party to become a liberal Democrat; chosen as first-ever student speaker at commencement for her social justice activism (read her speech here)
  • Attended Yale Law School, where she met Bill & was 1/27 female students in her graduating class
  • Worked as a lawyer and as an unrelenting advocate for the voiceless with the Children's Defense Fund, on the congressional committee investigating Nixon, for a legal aid clinic/prison projects in Arkansas, and as the first female partner at Rose Law Firm
  • 1977- Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • 1978- Became First Lady of Arkansas, championing improved health care and education systems
  • 1980- Gave birth to her daughter, Chelsea
  • 1993- As First Lady of the United States, led the fight to provide all Americans with affordable health care, eventually succeeding with Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), granting coverage to 8 million+ kids
  • 1995- Led U.S. delegation at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, giving a historic speech on how "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights"
  • 1997- Won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for It Takes a Village
  • 2000- Became a 2x New York Senator, reelected in 2006 with 67% of the vote
  • 2008- Mounted a historic campaign for President, which she narrowly lost to President Obama. In her concession speech, Hillary said: "Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.”
  • 2009- Became Secretary of State, visiting 112 countries, built a coalition for tough Iran sanctions, brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, promoted access to internet in addition to women's, children's, LGBT, and human rights
  • 2014- Became a grandma to Charlotte, and in 2016, to Aidan
  • 2015- Announced her second candidacy for President

(Source: hillaryclinton.com/bio; some language directly copied)