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Clinton, Hillary Rodham

  • By: Ann Dunnewold
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first viable woman candidate for the presidency of the United States, losing the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. She was the first former First Lady to serve as a U.S. Senator and in the U.S. Cabinet, as Secretary of State in Obama's administration. Clinton has one daughter, Chelsea, born February 27, 1980. Clinton's contributions to the lives of children and women through political action are notable.

Hillary Diane Rodham, born October 26, 1947, to Hugh and Dorothy Rodham, was raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 1969, Clinton was the first graduating student to deliver the commencement address at Wellesley College. Clinton graduated from Yale Law School in 1973, and married William Clinton, 42nd U.S. president, in 1975.

As an attorney, Clinton's early ...

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