Hillary Clinton

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You neither have to be a wife nor a woman to appreciate the kind of strength Hillary Clinton demonstrated when her marriage was threatened by acts of betrayal done by her husband. To be Hillary Clinton is to excel in academics, be a faithful wife to a husband who was prone to all kinds of temptations, be a hands–on mother, be a caliber lawyer, be a woman of strength, and be an inspiration. But it was being a politician’s wife that she proved her worth as a woman and a person of courage.

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Why Hillary Clinton is Extraordinary

We all know of Hillary’s contribution to Bill Clinton’s success as a politician. Hillary personified the truth about having a woman behind every man’s success. Her amazing will to keep her family together cannot be questioned. She’s a woman ahead of her time. In hindsight, Hillary is one of the pioneers of woman power in the 20th century. What we probably don’t know is that Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie and Madonna. But why make such a fuss out of that if Hillary Clinton can (and already did) become famous in her own right?

A lawyer by profession, Hillary became a politician’s wife. The First Lady of Arkansas was added to her title and responsibility when her husband became governor from 1983 to 1992. Her plans for her personal career put aside, she focused on helping her husband run the state of Arkansas.

From Arkansas to the White House

As Arkansas’s First Lady, children’s education and health preoccupied her while Bill is in office. To put it simply, Hillary was not just a social figure. She was involved in her husband’s governance. Having an equally brilliant lawyer for a wife, Bill found a confidante and an advisor in Hillary. He need not go far to seek a helping hand in matters concerning leadership. Bill Clinton was indeed one lucky man for having someone like her for a wife.

Almost ten years of the Clintons’ lives were spent in leading the state of Arkansas. By then, Bill would have already known how daunting a task governing a single state is. Where did he get the courage to run for President? Again, that wasn’t surprising for someone whose wife was as involved in politics as her husband was.

From being Arkansas First Lady, Hillary moved to the White House and stayed alongside her husband in the entire duration of his presidency. That was not an easy thing to do. With Bill’s involvement with Monica Lewinsky, the world witnessed how she gracefully handled her husband’s extra–marital affair.

Twice-Elected Senator and Secretary of State during Obama’s First Term

Her husband’s presidency came to a close but not her career in the White House. She served as Senator of New York during President George W. Bush’s tenure. Hillary did not have to rely on her husband’s fame to chart a political career of her own. As a Senator, she served as Commissioner of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Hillary became a member of five committees during her entire term, namely the Committee on Budget, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Environment and Public Works, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Special Committee on Aging.

The ex–First Lady of the United States was re–elected in Senate in 2006. Hillary became a likely Presidential candidate in the 2008 elections. After losing the Democrat bid to Barack Obama, he appointed Hillary as Secretary of State when he won the elections. She was the only First Lady to ever serve in the Presidential cabinet.

As a Secretary of State, she took over the work of Condoleezza Rice. Hillary championed the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative and increased diplomatic presence in Iraq. She became the most widely–travelled Secretary of State in the history of the United States. Her main goal was to increase the USA’s diplomatic presence especially in countries where their image needed major “repair.”

Hillary Clinton is not only a talking political figure. She wrote a political column “Talking It Over,” while her husband ran the United States of America. Her book “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us” became a New York Times bestseller in 1997. In that same year, she won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio recording of the same book.

Hillary is the kind of politician who you either hate or love. At the end of the day, we cannot deny that she is one hell of a woman.

Top Reasons why Hillary Clinton is Extraordinary

  1. She served as First Lady of Arkansas and the whole United States, getting involved in Bill Clinton’s governance. She’s touted as one of the most active First Ladies of the US.
  2. She's the first First Lady to serve as Senator. She was elected Senator twice.
  3. She authored book “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us,” which became a New York Times bestseller in 1997.
  4. She’s a Grammy awardee for Best Spoken Word Album of her book “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.”
  5. She got a standing ovation when she spoke at Wellesley’s commencement exercise when she graduated.
  6. In 2005, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and 4 years later was named by Time as one of the 100 influential people in the world.
  7. In 2013, she received the highest Pentagon Award—the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service Ranked among the world's most powerful people by prestigious publications.
  8. She has 7 honorary degrees.
  9. She’s slated to run for presidency in the next elections. If she wins, she will be United States’ first woman president.
  10. She supports many organizations that cater to children and women’s rights. In 2009, the Vital Voices Global Partnership awarded her the Global Trailblazer award.

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