Hillary Clinton (People in the News) By Dwayne Epstein Number Of Pages: 128 Publication Date: 2009-12-04 ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1420502689 ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781420502688
Lucent’s People in the News series offers young readers a deeper look into the lives of today’s newsmakers, the influences that have shaped them, and the impact they have had in their fields of endeavor and on other people’s lives. The subjects of the series hail from many disciplines and walks of life. They include authors, musicians, athletes, political leaders, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and others who have made a mark on modern life and who, in many cases, will continue to do so for years to come.
When Hillary Rodham Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969, she was the first student in the school’s long and illustrious history to give the commencement address. It proved to be one of many groundbreaking firsts for the young woman now considered the most famous woman in the world. In part of her speech, she defined what she saw as her generation’s greatest challenge. She said, “The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.” For the remainder of her life she herself would strive to do exactly that. Hillary Rodham Clinton has broken down an amazing number of barriers long thought to be impossible to breach. She was the first female lawyer in her firm; the first working governor’s wife in the state of Arkansas; the first former First Lady ever elected to public office; the first female senator from the state of New York; the first woman to mount a high-profile campaign to become president of the United States; and the first secretary of state to renew diplomatic talks with Cuba in more than four decades. ... As a recently elected senator, Clinton was asked what advice she would give young women considering a life in politics that would extend the fight she started. She said, “My message to young women is that, as tough as the political environment is, if you care about making a difference, you have to be willing to get out there and try. . . . We’ve broken through all of these barriers so that individual women can make the choice that’s right for them.” Having shown her own willingness to get out and try to make a difference, Hillary Clinton has proven that it is indeed possible to overcome the impossible.