Even from the beginning, Hillary Clinton has been a formidable presidential contender for the Democratic party. After all, she has experience in both working and living with politics.
Clinton saw big victories for Super Tuesday. She won Massachusetts, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.
She was the first lady of the United States. Before that, she had also been the first lady of Arkansas and a practicing lawyer as well as a law professor. She developed a passion for social justice after being inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Clinton traveled with her youth ministry to Chicago just to hear him speak.
Clinton grew up in a middle-class home in Park Ridge, a suburb in Chicago. She attended public school and then went on to Wellesley College. This started her involvement in social justice activism. She went on to Yale Law School where there were only 27 women in her graduating class. Here, she also started dating Bill Clinton.
Clinton chose not to work for a big law firm when she graduated. She worked for the Children’s Defense Fund instead and looked into the lack of schools for children with disabilities. Soon, she also became a lawyer for the congressional committee that investigated President Nixon. And then, she moved to Arkansas and became a law professor while running legal clinics. In October 1975, she also married Bill Clinton.
When President Clinton was elected into presidency in 1992, the first lady worked judiciously on health care reform. During this time, she also successfully established the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provided health coverage to over eight million children. At the same time, she also promoted women’s rights and delivered a powerful speech about it at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
In 2000, Hillary Clinton became Senator Clinton. In her new role, she rallied for a $20 billion budget to help rebuild New York following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. She also lobbied for health care for responders who worked at Ground Zero.
In 2008, Senator Clinton tried to run for president and when she knew wasn’t going to win, she went ahead and supported then Senator Barrack Obama. As she withdrew her nomination back then, Clinton remarked that “the path will be a little easier next time.”
President Obama then appointed Clinton as the new Secretary of State. Of the way she conducted office, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said she “ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen.” During her time, she negotiated a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. She also had to deal with Benghazi, an issue that many thought would end any attempt from Clinton to run for president again.
But today says differently. Clinton has only become bolder and more determined with time.