b-days: Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton!


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Born: October 26, 1947

Claim to fame: Hillary Rodham Clinton is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a U.S. Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009, and as the wife of the 42nd President, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, she was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. As the First Lady, Clinton played a large role in advocating for children from underprivileged families by facilitating the passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act.

Did you know? Hillary Clinton’s election as a U.S. Senator in 2000 marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office. She was also the first female senator to represent the state of New York. Throughout her political career, Hillary Clinton has had a deeply personal investment in women’s issues and has advocated for the rights of women, speaking at numerous international forums around the world. The Washington Post talks of her renown as a “pop feminist icon.” They said-

On nearly every foreign trip, she has met with women — South Korean students, Israeli entrepreneurs, Iraqi war widows, Chinese civic activists. Clinton mentioned “women” or “woman” at least 450 times in public comments in her first five months in the position.

Quote: “Women comprise more than half the world’s population. Women are 70% percent of the world’s poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write…Even in the late 20th century, the rape of women continues to be used as an instrument of armed conflict. Women and children make up a large majority of the world’s refugees. When women are excluded from the political process, they become even more vulnerable to abuse…I believe that, on the eve of a new millennium, it is time to break our silence. It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights…And let us heed the call so that we can create a world in which every woman is treated with respect and dignity, every boy and girl is loved and cared for equally, and every family has the hope of a strong and stable future.”

Happy birthday Hillary Clinton!

October 26, 2010 by ishita
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