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Happy Birthday to Hillary Rodham Clinton! High School Debater! US Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady of the United States, Presidential Nominee.

by Erik Fogel | Oct 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM |

Hillary Clinton

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"Too many women in too many countries speak the same language, of silence." -Hillary Rodham Clinton (Hillary pictured here with her high school's debate team)



Hillary Rodham was born on October 26th, 1947 in the city of Chicago. She grew up in the suburbs of the city and attended public schools in Park Ridge Illinois. While in school, Hillary was a member of the student council, the National Honor Society, and she worked on the school newspaper. As a then Republican, Hillary also participated in a number of mock presidential debates arguing the points of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. And despite Goldwater's defeat in America, Hillary was a rousing success. In the mock elections following the mock debates, Goldwater was victorious thanks to Hillary Rodham's ability to build a case for his platform. 


Although Hillary felt passionately about her topic when she stood-in for Goldwater at the high school mock elections, she wasn't unable to argue both sides of an issue. A clever teacher once challenged her with arguing the points of Lyndon Johnson against a Johnson advocate who would be arguing for Goldwater. Assignments like these and practice, practice, practice made Hillary the eloquent speaker she is today. Her ability to craft a meaningful point, elaborate, and respond with poise is a skill developed over time. 


In college, Hillary's graduation speech transformed her into a political leader. “Clinton’s remarks transformed her, virtually overnight, into a national symbol of student activism. Wire services blasted out her remarks, and Life magazine featured a photo of her, dressed in bold striped bell-bottoms. Clinton soon caught the attention of leading figures of the left, including civil rights activist Vernon Jordan and her future mentor, Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman…” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clintons-breakout-moment-at-wellesley-college/2016/08/14/18039d3c-5bfe-11e6-9aee-8075993d73a2_story.html


As a lawyer for the Children's Defense Fund, a professor at the University of Arkansas, and the first First Lady to have a postgraduate degree, Hillary Clinton used her debate skills to advance causes that she believed important. After so many mock debates in Hillary's youth, she eventually ran and earned an elected position herself; Hillary was sworn into the United States Senate as a Democrat representing the state of New York in 2001. Appreciation should be given to that young teacher from her high school that forced her to debate in opposition to her own opinions, for Hillary Rodham Clinton has been able to relate to the spectrum of political beliefs over her storied career.


Hillary Rodham Clinton went on to serve as the Secretary of State under president Barack Obama. This vitally important position put Hillary at the helm of our country for many years. And it can all be traced back to her participation in school debates, political and social activism, and her willingness to speak up when silence was so much easier.


"Clinton made a second presidential run in 2016. She received the most votes and primary delegates in the 2016 Democratic primaries and formally accepted her party's nomination for President of the United States on July 28, 2016 with vice presidential running mate Senator Tim Kaine. She became the first female candidate to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. Despite winning a plurality of the national popular vote, Clinton lost the Electoral College and the presidency to her Republican opponent Donald Trump.[3] Following her loss, in 2017 she stated that she decided to focus on being a self-described "activist citizen." (Wikipedia) 

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