Hillary Rodham Clinton

"...making what appears to be impossible, possible."

Biographical Information

  • Full Name: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Birth Date: October 26, 1947
  • Parents: Hugh and Dorothy Rodham
  • Siblings: Younger brothers Hugh and Tony Rodham
  • Born in: Chicago, IL
  • Grew up in Park Ridge

Coming of Age

Hillary Rodham Clinton's determination and beliefs while growing up led her to hold many prominent government ranks later in life.

Hillary Rodham Clinton grew up in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago. When growing up, there was a girl in the neighborhood who was always mean to Hillary. Her mom said, "I was determined that no daughter of mine was going to have to go through the agony of being afraid to say what she had on her mind". One day she told Hillary, "There's no room in this house for cowards. You're going to have to stand up to her" (Guernsey 20). And Hillary did- ever since the incident Hillary was determined to speak up and say what's on her mind. Her parents also always reminded her that she could be whatever she wanted to be. When growing up, she was also involved in many activities, such as sports, Girl Scouts, and church groups. She also organized neighborhood games and even a neighborhood circus!

Hillary was also an excellent student. She always pushed to be better. In addition to being a great student, Hillary was also involved in the student government and debate team at her school. At one point, Hillary wrote to NASA asking what it would take to become an astronaut, but they responded saying that girls weren't accepted. This pushed her to strive even harder and not let her gender affect her other studies. She went to Wellesley College, and later entered Yale Law School, where she met her future husband Bill Clinton. They were married in 1975, and had their daughter Chelsea in 1980. As First Lady of the nation, Hillary was very involved in public service. Hillary also held other government positions, such as Secretary of State and U.S. senator. Hillary Clinton's determination and values led her to be a successful politician.


Hillary's confident and determined parents influenced her at an early age to stand up for herself and to not let anything stand in her way. She found her confidence when she stood up to the neighborhood bully, and realized that she could do whatever she wanted if she put her mind to it. This moment shaped her to be a strong leader. Even though NASA rejected her as an astronaut due to her gender Hillary realized that she could still achieve greatness. Hillary proved this by obtaining high ranking government positions. Hillary Clinton's early life experiences led her to greatness.
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Works Cited

Boyd, Aaron. First Lady: The Story of HIlllary Rodham Clinton. Greensboro: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated, 1994. Print.

Guernsey, JoAnne Bren. Hillary Rodham Clinton; A New Kind of First Lady. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1993. Print.

Harris, Laurie Lanzen. "Hillary Rodham Clinton." Women who made a difference. N.p.: SIRS Discoverer, 2014. 126-32. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. <http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/discoweb/disco/do/article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000317485>.

"Hillary Rodham Clinton." WhiteHouse.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-ladies/hillaryclinton.