Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
880 p. (large print) : ill. ; 24 cm.
0786257997 (alk. paper)
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois with her two younger brothers. As a child, she was a Girl Scout and a member of the local Methodist youth group. She attended Wellesley College, beginning in 1965, graduated with honors and enrolled in Yale Law School, which is where she met Bill Clinton. She served on the Board of Editors of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action.
In 1973, she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund. In 1974, she joined the Impeachment Inquiry staff of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House Representatives to work on the Watergate impeachment proceedings. She then left Washington to go to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton in 1975. They both taught on the law faculty of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In 1980, their daughter Chelsea was born.
Hillary was the first lady of Arkansas for twelve years and worked on behalf of children and families. Hillary chaired the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital and introduced a pioneering program called Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool youth, which trains parents to work with their children in preschool preparedness and literacy. Hillary was named Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.
Hillary served as first lady of the United States for eight years (January 20, 1993--January 20, 2001), where she headed the Task Force on National Health Care Reform. On January 3, 2001 she was sworn in as United States Senator from New York, where she served until January 21, 2009. On that date she was made the 67th United States Secretary of State. Her last day as Secretary of State was February 1, 2013.
In 2003, Clinton released an autobiography entitled, Living History. The books sold more than one million copies and was translated into 12 languages. Clinton's audio recording of the book won her a nomination for the Grammy Award for the Best Spoken Word Album. As a politician, Clinton continues to gain consistently high approval ratings from the United States people. In 2014, she released her bestselling nonfiction book about the inside account of her years as Secretary of State, Hard Choices. In 2017 her book, What Happened, which recounted the 2016 presidential election, made several Best Seller Lists.