Hillary Clinton has been a bold and confident woman right from her childhood. She was known to be the favourite of her teachers at the public schools that she attended in Park Ridge.
Apart from her academic activities, she also participated in sports. Although she intended to become an astronaut, only to be told that women were not being accepted into the programme.
Here are 11 more facts you need to know about the US female presidential aspirant.
1. She was not initially interested in politics.
Hillary as a young child had dreamed of becoming a baseball player, a journalist, and an astronaut.
2. Clinton is the first presidential spouse to earn a postgraduate degree and the first to be elected to national office.
3. Hillary won Grammy award for the best spoken word Album for the audio version of her book “It Takes a Village.”
She was first lady when she won the 1997 Grammy awards.
4. She served as the 67th U.S. secretary of state during Obama’s first term in office. She was the third female secretary of state in U.S. history.
Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza and Hillary Clinton are the highest ranking women in the history of the cabinet, having held the post of Secretary of State, the most senior cabinet position.
5. Hillary is the only first lady to be fingerprinted by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the first and only couple to be fingerprinted by the FBI.
6. Hillary Clinton was a republican
As a young adult she was a Republican. She even worked to campaign for Barry Goldwater in 1964. She changed to the Democratic Party in 1968. She then worked for George McGovern and Jimmy Carter.
7. Hillary appeared on the TV quiz show college bowl
She has been a good student and always very outspoken. She appeared on the television quiz show as a student of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Although her appearance on the show and her success in college are surprising, considering she initially struggled, she wanted to leave school, but her mother encouraged her to stay.
8. Hillary is the only first lady to run and win a public office
She ran for senator of New York, before she took the office on January 3, 2001. Although she is not only the first lady to run for public office and win, she is also the only first lady to hold public office while being first lady.
9. Hillary is one of the most influential lawyers in America
According to the National Law Journal, Hillary has a very successful career as a lawyer, and even earned more money than Bill Clinton when he served as governor of Arkansas.
In 1988 and 1991, the National Law Journal ranked her as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. Her successful law career was a boon to her husband’s political ambitions and helped propel them to the White House.
10. Hillary Clinton is the most traveled Secretary of State in U.S. history
She visited 112 countries, flew 1 million miles and spent 25% of her time traveling. The job was very taxing on Hillary, and she said that the first order of business after leaving the State Department was to sleep in. She obviously did not rest for long, as her presidential run began not long after.
11. She was part of the inquiry to impeach Richard Nixon
Hillary was one of 43 lawyers to take part in the inquiry to impeach Richard Nixon. Others on the team accused her of being a liar and acting unethically during the process. Her boss said that she often violated House rules during the inquiry, but he had no ability to fire her.