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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

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“Lucian Blaga” University of SibiuFaculty of Political Sciences, International Relations and European StudiesSpecialization: International Relations and European Studies
“Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton” 
Social History and Government of the United States of AmericaTeacher:
Charles D. HARRISAmerican Fulbright Fellow in Romania
 
Submitted by
Bartok Andrea-Eva (RISE, III, gr.3) 
Sibiu, 2009
 
"As we take the next steps in our journey, I know  you'll be right there with me, as always, in my heart and by my side. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America"
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 Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton, born in October 26, 1947, Democratic member of the UnitedStates Senate from New York (2001- ), wife of United States president Bill Clinton (1993-2001),candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2008 presidential race, and nomineefor secretary of state in the administration of President-elect Barack Obama. During her husband’s presidency, she became a powerful symbol of the changing role and status of women in Americansociety. Her election to the U.S. Senate while being first lady was unprecedented in U.S. history.In announcing her candidacy for the presidency, Clinton was widely seen as the first femalecandidate with a strong prospect of winning her party’s nomination. However, she fell short of winning enough delegates to secure the nomination, losing to U.S. senator Barack Obama of Illinois. Nearly a month after winning the presidential race, Obama named Clinton as his choice tohead the Department of State.
Early Years
The first president's wife born after World War II, Hillary was the eldest child of Hugh andDorothy Rodham. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, where her father's textile2
 
 business provided the family with a comfortable income; her parents' emphasis on hard work andacademic excellence set high standards.A student leader in public schools, she was active in youth programs at the First UnitedMethodist Church. Although she later became associated with liberal causes, during this time sheadhered to the Republican Party of her parents. She campaigned for Republican presidentialcandidate Barry Goldwater in 1964 and chaired the local chapter of the Young Republicans. A year later, after she enrolled at Wellesley College, her political views began to change. Influenced by theassassinations of Malcolm X, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., she joined theDemocratic Party and volunteered in the presidential campaign of antiwar candidate EugeneMcCarthy.Hillary Rodham was the first student ever asked to give the commencement address atWellesley College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1969. At Yale Law School, she mether future husband, Bill Clinton, and her lifelong mentor, Marian Wright Edelman; Edelmanfounded the Children’s Defence Fund, an organization that lobbies for children’s welfare. Throughher work with Edelman, she developed a strong interest in family law and issues affecting children.Rodham worked there as a staff attorney for a year after graduating from law school in 1973and later she chaired the organization’s board. In 1974, after working for the special U.S. House panel investigating a possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, she moved to Arkansas,where she began teaching law at the University of Arkansas. She and Bill Clinton were married ayear later. A daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.In 1977, Clinton founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and joined theRose Law Firm, where she practiced until 1992, specializing in patent infringement and intellectual property. She was named twice one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the NationalLaw Journal.3

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