Hillary Rodham Clinton is the best-known stranger and likely the future president of the United States. Although most Americans know her name and have an opinion about her electability, likability, and demeanor when it comes to her policies and accomplishments, she is a complete stranger. Most Americans can identify the former First Lady of Arkansas and of the United States, and can point to her work on efforts to level the playing field between men and women. Many can name the cabinet post that she filled in Obama’s administration, which was Secretary of State. A lot of people can identify her as former United States Senator from New York. Sadly, most people can also vaguely explain the controversy of Monica Lewinsky, Obama 08, Benghazi and the deleted emails. Until now only political wonks are able to discuss her policy accomplishments and why she deserves to be elected to the White House in 2016.
A 1973 Yale Law School graduate, Clinton achieved an accomplished career as a lawyer. In 1974, she was only one of 43 women working on the investigation to impeach Richard Nixon. She worked as a lawyer and later was made the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas and became a law professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She later ran her own practice and in 1988 and 1991 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers according to the National Law Journal. She gave birth to her daughter Chelsea in 1980, which means that she was a working mom who maintained work excellence.
As First Lady of Arkansas, she founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and worked on children’s issues and issues that affected the disadvantaged. As First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, Clinton maintained an office in the White House with her own staff, which had never been done before. She served as legislation advisor on the Task Force on National Health Care under the appointment of her husband, President Clinton. In 1996, she wrote a book called, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us about child rearing.
Since 2001 as State Senator, she worked tirelessly on health care reform. Although Clinton voted for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, by 2003, Clinton was an outspoken critic of President Bush’s management of the war.
Clinton campaigned on the American Health Choices Plan, which she had developed after decades of working on health care policy, in 2008. She lost the Democratic Nomination for the Presidency in Denver to a candidate that offered hope, a slogan without a policy blueprint. Subsequently, the victor of the 2008 election, President Obama, appointed Clinton as Secretary of State.
As Secretary of State, she improved U.S. foreign relations that had been tarnished during the Bush presidency. She visited 112 countries and promoted American values as a way of implementing “soft” diplomacy. She spoke about internet freedom and women’s rights. Most notably, Secretary Clinton restored a broken partnership between the United States and Myanmar.
Clinton, who is the best-known stranger has announced that she will seek the presidency again and hopes that Americans will elect her not just because of her gender but because of her qualifications. Many groups supportive of electing women and Democrats to the White House are active and ready to campaign for Clinton, yet it is up to American voters to learn more about her accomplishments than to trust what they superficially think that they know.
Opinion By Olivia Uribe-Mutal
Brittanica – Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. News – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hillary
History.com – First Ladies: HILLARY RODHAM
Foreign Affairs – The Hillary Legacy
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