Hillary Clinton was born in 1947 in Illinois. Clinton’s parents were both Republican. Clinton’s mother was a Sunday school teacher, and her father was World War II veteran, according to the Hillary Clinton campaign website.
Clinton’s mother was living on her own as a child and was working at 14 years old, according to the Clinton campaign website
“When I think about why I’m doing this, I think about my mother Dorothy,” Clinton said in a recent campaign ad. “She was abandoned by her parents at the age of 8, Sent from Chicago to L.A. to live with grandparents who didn’t want her.”
In college, Clinton was the Wellesley Republican Club president; she also majored in politics, according to the National Women’s History Museum.
Clinton was the first student to be called as student speaker at Wellesley’s Commencement Ceremony in 1969.
“Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have time for it,” Clinton said in her 1969 Student Commencement Speech. “Not now.”
Later in life, she married William Jefferson Clinton after meeting at Yale Law School.
After college Clinton worked for the Children’s Defense Fund in New Bedford, Massachusetts, leading the way for new legislation providing good education for children with disabilities, according to the Clinton campaign website.
“She was just a caring, young, bright, creative student who cared about children and those left behind,” said Marian Wright Edleman the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Clinton was the first lady of Arkansas for 11 years and was “a forceful champion for improving educational standards and health care access,” according to the Clinton campaign website.
In 1995, Clinton went to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on women as the First Lady.
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights once and for all,” Clinton told the conference.
Clinton became part of the U.S. Senate in 2000, according to the Clinton Campaign website.
In 2008, she ran for president, but when Clinton lost the vote, she gave support to Barack Obama, who at the time was a senator of Illinois. Later, Clinton was asked to be the secretary of state.
“In 2014, Hillary took on a new role — grandmother to Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky — and she couldn’t be prouder or happier,” according to the Clinton Campaign website.