Hillary Rodham Clinton
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One of the most important American politicians of the modern era, Hillary Clinton won feminist victories and wielded considerable influence and power on a world stage for decades. Born Oct. 26, 1947 in Chicago, IL, Hillary Diane Rodham grew up ambitious, intelligent and socially conscious, majoring in political science at Wellesley College, where she earned a national reputation for her activism. While a student at Yale Law School, she began dating her classmate Bill Clinton, and the two high-achievers fell in love, inspiring each other to greater legal and political heights. Moving to Arkansas, they married on Oct. 11, 1975 and, while her husband served as Arkansas Attorney General and then governor of the state, she saw her legal career skyrocket, becoming a vital agent of change within the state and attracting national notice for her success. The couple welcomed their daughter, Chelsea, on Feb. 27, 1980, but Clinton did not slow her professional achievements, helping enact sweeping medical and educational changes and serving on the boards of such corporations as Wal-Mart. Much more comfortable with the behind-the-scenes work than in the PR aspects of politics, Clinton struggled to earn widespread approval as her husband, who found it much easier to be charismatic, ran for and won the 1992 presidency against George Bush, Sr. Seen by many as too powerful and ambitious, Clinton also drew heat for her refusal to play the traditional, submissive First Lady role, and she became a popular lightning rod for controversy, Right-wing attacks and derision.