Hilary Rodham Clinton is the former Secretary of State, Senator from New York, First Lady, and candidate for President, and is regarded as one of the most influential women in American and global politics. Her long career of public service began in Chicago after becoming impassioned by a speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. She attended Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met future President Bill Clinton. After graduation from Law School, she began practicing, focusing on child family law. In 1974 she moved to the University of Arkansas and began teaching but 2 years later joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was twice named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. When Mr. Clinton was elected governor, she chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee and co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, in addition to sitting on numerous boards championing the cause of children and families.
In 1992, she became the first lady when Mr. Clinton was elected president. Her tenure as First Lady was marked by scandal due to her assumption of a political role in the position. She was named by her husband to head the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform and became the first First Lady to testify before Congress. She is the only First Lady to have held an office in the West Wing. Throughout her tenure she promoted child welfare and gender equality, domestically and internationally. Through her work with Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Hillary Clinton became a global advocate for gender equity in economics, employment, health care and education and emphasized a civil society of human rights as a pathway to democracy. She also became one of the most vocal dissident with regard to the Taliban's treatment of women in Afghanistan. Additionally, she started the 'Save America's Treasures' program to rescue or save iconic historic items and sites from destruction, gave monthly lectures via webcast in the East Room, over saw the restoration of the Blue Room, and hosted many events in the White House.
In 2000, she successfully ran for the U.S. Senate in New York and became the only former First Lady elected to public office. After the attacks of September 11, 2001 she secured $21.4 billion to assist in clean up of the site and provide health benefits and tracking for first responders and volunteers at Ground Zero. She became an advocate for retaining and improving health benefits for veterans, reforming public schools, unemployment insurance, and expanding environmental protections.
In 2008 she ran for the Democratic candidate for President against Barack Obama. Although she won many primaries, Obama secured the requisite number of delegates to win the party's nomination. Upon his election, Mrs. Clinton was appointed the Secretary of State, the only First Lady to serve in a presidential cabinet. In this capacity she has championed gender equity and education across the globe. In her 4 years, she visited 112 countries, becoming the most traveled Secretary of State.
Hillary Clinton has been a diligent public servant her entire life and through each of her endeavors, she is changing the world.