Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived at
the White House after serving as First Lady of Arkansas
for 12 years. During that time she had managed many roles:
wife, mother, and homemaker; full-time partner in a law
firm;and chairwoman of an education commitee that set
public school standards in Arkansas. On many occasions
Hillary Clinton has spoken about the need "to find the right
balance in our lives. "For her, the elements of that balance
are family , work, and public service" Hillary Diane
Rodham was born in Chicago , Illinois, on October 26,
1947, daughter of Hugh and Dorothy Rodham. Her father
owned a fabric store, and her mother was a full-time
mother and homemaker. Mrs.Rodham encouraged Hillary
to go to colllege and pursue a profession, even thoughshe
had never done so herself. Hillary and her younger
brothers, Hugh and Tony, grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois ,
as a close -knit family. Her brothers played football , while
Hillary enjoyed tennis, swimming , ballet, softball, volleybal,
and skating. An excellent student, she was aslo a Girl Scout
and a member of the local Methodist youth group. She
entered Wellesley College in 1965. Graduating with
honors, she moved on to Yale Law school, where she
served on the board of editors of the Yale review of Law
and social action. While at Yale she developed her concern
for protecting the interests of childrenand families. it was
there, too, that she met Bill Clinton, a fellow student. In
1973 Hillary became a staff attorney for the Children\'s
defense fund. A year later she was recruited by the
impeachement inquiry staff of the judiciary Commitee of the
house of representitives. Hillary left Washington and
"followed her heart to Arkansas," marrying Bill Clinton in
1975. the couple taught togetheron the law faculty of the
University of Arkansas in fayetteville. Their daughter,
chelsea, was born in 1980.

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