Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on 26 October 1947. She is the wife of former United States of America Bill Clinton and one of the most prominent women in American politics. She grew up in Illinois as the eldest and only daughter of middle class, conservative Methodist parents with two younger brothers. She attended Wellesley College and Yale Law School and began her career in the Children’s Defense Fund as staff attorney.
Bill Clinton, her fellow alumnus at Yale became her husband on 11 October 1975. They have one daughter, Chelsea born on 27 February 1980. Hillary Clinton became the first female full partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979.
As the 42nd President, Bill Clinton admitted that his administration offered ‘two for the price of one’ as his wife was a formidable political force. As the First Lady, she worked to reduce teen pregnancies, assist foster children find permanent homes, increase funding for breast cancer research, and promoted access to affordable health care. She published It Takes a Village in 1995, a motivational children’s book. Her recording of the book received the Best Spoken Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
The 1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal drew attention to the Clinton’s marriage, but she stood by her husband’s side. Her political career continued after the presidency and in 2000 she became the first female state of New York Senator and First Lady elected into public office. She was re-elected in 2006. In 2007 she ran as a potential Democratic presidential candidate, but lost closely to Barack Obama. In the Obama administration she is the 67th Secretary of State.