How Old is Hillary Clinton?
With a unique style, an unusual last name, and a focus on children’s issues, Hillary Rodham Clinton stood out from other politicians. After graduating from Wellesley College, she enrolled in Yale Law School and worked with children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman.
She later joined the impeachment inquiry staff and advised the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.
Born on October 26, 1947
Hillary Diane Rodham was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham. Her parents raised her and her two brothers in a middle-class family where she excelled in school and was active in her Methodist church.
Throughout her life, she has worked on social justice issues and political activism. She went on to Wellesley College, where she was involved in campus politics and was elected class president. She graduated in 1969 and attended Yale Law School. There she took courses at the Yale Child Study Center, volunteered at New Haven Legal Services and served on Walter Mondale’s sub-committee on migrant workers.
In 1975, she married Bill Clinton and they moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. She has been a successful lawyer and politician, advocating for women’s rights, children’s health, and international human rights issues.
Married to Bill Clinton
After graduating from Wellesley College, Hillary enrolled at Yale Law School, where she became a protege of children’s rights lawyer Marian Wright Edelman. She advised the Children’s Defense Fund and joined the impeachment inquiry staff advising the Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. She then “followed her heart to Arkansas,” where Bill was beginning his political career, and married him in a simple ceremony at their home.
The two remained together through thick and thin, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal when Bill was President. Now 74, Hillary has addressed the question of whether staying with your partner is “right for everybody” in a new interview released to promote her new TV show Gutsy. The eight-part docuseries profiles women with courage and conviction. It debuts Sept. 9 on Apple TV+.
First Lady of the United States
In her roles as first lady, Hillary Clinton has advocated for children and women. She has fought to expand health care access and to support the families of first responders in the wake of 9/11.
She has also worked across party lines to establish the TRICARE program. She has been a champion of education, especially for girls in developing nations.
Hillary became involved in politics early in her life. She canvassed for Richard Nixon as a preteen and saw Martin Luther King speak on a youth group trip to Chicago. These experiences inspired her to become an activist for social justice. After graduating from Wellesley College, she attended Yale Law School. There she met her future husband Bill Clinton. The couple married in 1975.
U.S. Secretary of State
In January 2009, Hillary Clinton was 67 years old when she became the U.S. Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. As the country’s top diplomat, she was at the forefront of the nation’s response to the Arab Spring uprisings and military intervention in Libya and organized diplomatic isolation to minimize Iran’s nuclear program.
She was born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, where she attended well-regarded public schools. She was active in her Methodist church and became involved in young Republican groups while at Wellesley College, where she became a leader in student politics and served as class president. After graduating with honors, she enrolled at Yale Law School and met Bill Clinton. They married in 1975. She currently lives in Chappaqua, New York.
President of the United States
Hillary Diane Rodham is an American politician, social activist, and the 67th United States Secretary of State. She is also a former First Lady of the United States and New York Senator. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
She grew up in a comfortable middle-class life that was centered on her family, school, and the Methodist church. Her mother’s experiences, as well as her own, pushed her toward social justice activism. During her time at Wellesley College, she became a student leader and worked on community projects. She went on to Yale Law School, where she served on the board of the Review of Law and Social Action and interned for children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman.
She and her husband Bill married in October 1975, and she gave birth to their daughter Chelsea in February 1980.