Hillary Clinton was born October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up playing sports, attending public school, was a decorated Girl Scout, and dreamed of going into space with NASA, until they told her they didn't accept women. She was raised in a Republican household with her two younger brothers.
Hillary attended Wellesley College in 1965 and was politically active, starting out in the college's Republicans club. A professor pushed her to intern with the House Republican Conference, headed by Gerald Ford, to help develop her political views. She realized from that experience that she was a Democrat and remained politically active through graduation, participating protests for Civil Rights and against Vietnam.
Upon graduation she was featured in a Life Magazine article as an outstanding member of the class of '69. She was the first student in Wellesley's history to give the commencement address.
After college, Hillary attended Yale Law School where she met fellow student, Bill Clinton, in the library. The summer of 1972 they both worked on campaigns in San Antonio, Texas. After graduation Hillary worked with children's activist (and MAKER) Marian Wright Edelman in Washington D.C. as Bill went back to teach law in Arkansas.
A few years later, though her friends doubted her decision, Hillary moved to Arkansas to be with Bill. Of the decision she has said, "I did it because it felt right for me... I was following my heart."
Hillary and Bill taught at the University of Arkansas Law School and she helped Bill with his early political career.
They married in 1976 at their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
In 1976 when Bill became Attorney General of Arkansas, Hillary worked at Rose Law Firm where she later became the firm's first female full partner. She also helped found the Arkansas Advocate for Children and Families.
In 1978, Hillary aided Bill in his successful campaign for governor.
Hillary had their daughter, Chelsea, in 1980 and calls her daughter "her most cherished accomplishment."
In the 12 years she was First Lady of Arkansas, she worked as an attorney for major businesses like Wal-Mart and TCBY and served on the board of multiple nonprofits. In that time, she was named Arkansas Woman of the Year and Arkansas Young Mother of the Year.
In 1992, Bill was elected President and as First Lady, Hillary Clinton began a weekly newspaper column, “Talking it Over," which focused on her experiences as First Lady and her perspective on women, children, and families she met around the world. She also published the book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us, which won a Grammy Award in 1997 for her audio recording of it.
As First Lady, Hillary continued her activism and gained attention for being outspoken and politically involved. She was the only First Lady to continue working once her husband was in office and became one of the most-traveled first ladies in history. She also earned a reputation and praise as an advocate for women.
In 1995, she spoke at the UN Women's Conference in Beijing and recounted the abuses afflicting women globally, criticizing China for efforts to curb open discussion of women's issues. Here she coined the phrase "Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights," which has become a rallying cry for thousands and an organizing principal of her career.
After her tenure as First Lady ended, Hillary Clinton successfully ran to represent New York in the US Senate in 2000. She was the first and remains the only former First Lady in history to run for public office. She was also the first woman elected statewide in New York.
She chaired the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee and continued working for children and families by sponsoring or supporting legislation on the safety of children's prescription drugs, health insurance for children in low-income families, and addressing environmental hazards in schools.
In 2003, Clinton’s memoir, Living History, was published. It was the fifth bestselling hardcover nonfiction book that year, and the New York Times named it one of the bestselling paperbacks of 2004.
In early 2007, she announced her candidacy for President of the United States. The nomination process was a relatively even fight between her and Senator Barack Obama and stretched out until June. Though she lost, Clinton ended the presidential primary having received more votes than any other woman in history.
Hillary was an avid campaigner for Barack Obama and after he was elected, she looked forward to going back to being Senator of New York. When Obama asked her to be Secretary of State, she turned down the offer repeatedly, but her daughter, Bill, and close friends encouraged her to accept. She became Secretary of State in 2009.
In her four years as Secretary of State, she logged almost one million air miles and visited more countries than any other secretaries in history. She is known for being critical in the improvement of US foreign relationships in Obama's first term, particularly in Asia.
She was the first secretary in 50 years to visit troubled Myanmar and met with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured), the democracy activist who had been recently released from house arrest. In her tenure, Hillary also continued her advocacy for women's rights all over the world.
Recently, Hillary released her book Hard Choices and is currently touring to promote it. She has received a lot of publicity and been interviewed by CNN, ABC, and other outlets about the Benghazi attack, her book, and her plans for the future.
She is expected to run for President in 2016.
Supporters are already rallying around her potential candidacy, using the slogan "Ready for Hillary."