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Perhaps the most multidimensional first lady in history, Hillary Rodham Clinton has blazed a trail for unashamedly strong women in the White House. Her many roles, in addition to being the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, include being a highly successful lawyer, a mother, an advocate for children, an author, and most recently a politician in her own right. She has been both hailed and highly criticized by feminists and conservatives alike. She and her husband have been surrounded by controversy for his entire tenure in the White House, and she remained firm in her support of him during the impeachment trials in 1998. Recently, Ms. Clinton has taken the spotlight in her run for the New York state senate bid.


1947 She was born Hillary Diane Rodham in Chicago, Illinois.

1969 She earned her bachelor's degree form Wellesley College.

1973 She became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.

1974 She worked on a special U.S. House panel to investigate the possible impeachment of Richard Nixon.; She moved to Arkansas.

1975 She married Bill Clinton.

1977 She founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.; She joined the Rose Law Firm.

1978 Her husband, Bill Clinton, became governor of Arkansas.; She became chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee.

1980 Her daughter, Chelsea, was born.

1984 She was named Arkansas Woman of the Year.

1993 Her husband, Bill Clinton, was inaugurated as the 42nd U.S. President.; She was chosen by her husband to head a special commission on health care reform.; An investigation began concerning the Clintons' investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation.

1995 She attended the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.; She began writing a weekly newspaper column entitled "Talking It Over."

1996 She was called to testify before a grand jury investigating the Whitewater Affair.; IT TAKES A VILLAGE was published.

1997 She and her husband hosted the White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning and the White House Conference on Child Care.

1998 Her husband, Bill Clinton, was impeached, but he was acquitted.

1999 She announced her candidacy for the New York state Senate seat.