Hilary Clinton's Lifespan and Personality

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Hillary Clinton’s Lifespan Development and Personality

PSY 300
Spring, 2012

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Lifespan Development and Personality

United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 1947. She is the daughter of Hugh and Dorothy Rodham and is the older of two brothers. She was raised in the middle class suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, in a two parent household with a high achieving mother and a strict father. Both parents seemed to be success oriented an instilled a drive in their daughter to attain greatness.

Hillary’s mother seemed to be a powerful influence in the life of her daughter. In her auto- biography (“Living History”), Hillary Clinton portrayed her mother as loving and supportive, and referred to her as a “beacon of strength” for the family. She offered much mental stimulation and taught her children to be calm and level headed (Weiner, 2012). Hillary’s mother taught her to stand up for herself and gave her encouragement during the times that she thought herself defeated throughout her childhood, adolescence, and even into adulthood. She encouraged her daughter to make the most of every opportunity, providing a solid support system throughout her education. Dorothy Rodham had to overcome many obstacles throughout her life and wanted to instill in her children, the importance of perseverance.

It is apparent that Hillary Clinton did fulfill her mother’s wishes and expectations. She has a long list of accomplishments and achievements to be proud of, although she has had to confront challenges both personal and public. She attended Wellesley College, where she was active in student politics and was elected senior class president. She went on to Yale Law School, where she met her husband, Bill Clinton. At Yale, she was graduated with honors and attended a post- graduate program for children and medicine. She arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1971, where she worked on U.S. Senator Walter Mondale’s subcommittee on migrant workers. In 1972, she worked for the campaign of democratic presidential nominee, George McGovern. In 1974, she became an advisor to the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives to investigate the Watergate scandal. She went on to become a faculty member of the University of Arkansas Law School and also worked on the election campaign of President Jimmy Carter. Eventually, she became an attorney in the renowned and powerful Rose law firm.
From 1993-2001, she assumed the role of First Lady of the United States. During this time, she made many contributions and was a tremendous inspiration to women. She wrote the national bestseller, “It Takes a Village,” in which she promoted the rearing of happy, well-adjusted children. She was also appointed, shortly after her husband was elected President, to head the task force on national health care reform. Although this was a controversial issue for the Clinton’s, Hillary seemed to put forth a tremendous effort to bring about changes that would have a positive effect on the lives of Americans. Inevitably, her health care plan was abandoned not long after it was introduced, however, this did not deter her from working hard to continue to promote her view of positive change in America.

The achievements that Hillary Clinton has accomplished are so many that it would not be possible to cover...
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