Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Rodham was born on October 26, 1947 to her father, Hugh Rodham and her mother, Dorothy Rodham. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. Hugh Rodham was a firefighter and a retired Navy officer. Dorothy taught Sunday school at the Methodist Church the family attended. Hillary was raised to believe that she should always stand up for herself. Her mother taught her self-reliance. In an article published by Newsweek Magazine Hillary stated: “My mother, who had had to make her own way in life, believed that she would do everything she could do give us, a good start in life and protect us and prepare us, but at the end of the day, life was unpredictable, you never knew what was going to happen, you had to be prepared to take care of yourself, you had to be willing to stand up for yourself. In April, 1962, at the age of fourteen, Hillary attended a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with her Methodist Youth Fellowship group. It was titled “Remaining Awake through a Revolution.” She then attended Wellesley College from 1965 to 1969. Hillary Rodham was named the first student commencement speaker. In her speech she stated: “The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.” Hillary attended Yale Law School and began her work as an advocate for children and families. As a law student, she represented foster children and parents in family court and worked on some of the earliest studies creating legal standards for identifying and protecting abused children. After her graduation from Yale in 1973, she went on to be a staff attorney for the Children Defense Fund. She was one of two women lawyers on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee considering the impeachment of President Nixon. She chose not to pursue offers from major law firms in order to marry and move to Arkansas. In 1975, Hillary Rodham became Hillary Rodham Clinton after...
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