Hillary Clinton’s Long History of Public Service
Hillary Clinton, the trailblazing Democratic presidential candidate who ran in 2016 and before that 2008, has a long history of public service. After graduating from Wellesley College, she attended Yale Law School and interned with children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman.
Here are some of the revealing photographs that show how she evolved from activist to national policymaker.
She’s a little girl
Long before she became first lady, US senator, and secretary of state, Hillary Diane Rodham was just a little girl. The politician was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago. She grew up with two brothers and a loving family who encouraged her to pursue any career she wanted.
Throughout her life, Clinton has devoted herself to advocating for children’s health care and women’s rights. She also has traveled the world, visiting places like Bosnia in 1996 and Goree Island in Senegal with her daughter in 1997. She even took a few badass pics, such as the one of her checking her Blackberry aboard a military plane to Libya in 2011.
Even with all the political responsibilities, the former first lady and US senator from New York was always able to find time for her family. She and her husband Bill had their only child, Chelsea, in 1980. Throughout their time together, the couple was able to show the world that they were a happy and unified family.
She’s a teenager
As a high school student, Hillary was a popular figure. Her good grades and perpetual activities earned her the attention of teachers and peers. She was a member of the student council, class newspaper, National Honor Society and Speech and Debate. She even ran for class president and was a National Merit finalist.
Then she graduated, moved to Arkansas and started her legal career. But her drive to help others would never cease. In the ’90s, she took on public service roles as First Lady and Senator, promoting children’s healthcare reform and women’s issues.
Then, she got her hands dirty and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Pikeville, Kentucky in 1997. She was also on hand in 1996 when Nelson Mandela showed her and her daughter Chelsea the prison cell he’d been held in for 27 years at Goree Island, Senegal. It was at this point that Hillary began her transformation from moderate Republican to committed Democrat.
She’s a young mother
When Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008, she was a well-known figure who had already made her mark on government and social justice issues. The New York senator was a tireless advocate for children’s healthcare and women’s rights, and she worked for years as a practicing attorney.
She was an intellectual feminist who spoke with a force that many found disarming, but she also had a soft side. She was an accomplished academic who graduated from Wellesley College and then earned her law degree from Yale. She fought for children’s welfare as first lady of Arkansas, and she was a dedicated and tireless lawyer and public servant.
One day Jones got a message from a Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation that asked if they could help her find the photo. The group, which grew from a private pro-Clinton page to a global community of more than 3 million members, was full of people who knew someone who might be able to help Jones get the photo.
She’s a grown woman
As a senator and then the first female presidential nominee of a major party, Hillary Clinton has made a career out of speaking up on a variety of topics. She has addressed everything from lowering student debt to improving access to affordable healthcare for women during her time as secretary of state.
She has also made a name for herself as an author, penning such books as It Takes A Village (1996), Living History (2003) and Hard Choices (2014). She even has a foundation focused on encouraging girls to be confident and happy with their own femininity, called No Ceilings.
Born in Chicago on October 26, 1947, Rodham went to Wellesley College and Yale Law School before she married fellow lawyer Bill in 1975. She was a first lady from 1993 to 2001 and a US senator from New York from 2005 to 2009. In early 2008, she challenged Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, but lost.