At her thanksgiving lecture of 2008 Hillary Clinton reminded her followers that they had created 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling ( 18 million votes ) and she will be back one day to break it and become the first woman President of the United States. Today eight years later she is the front runner in the US Presidential Elections of 2016. As per the latest CNN/ORC Opinion Poll Hillary Clinton is way ahead of Donald Trump with 52% to 43% in popularity ratings
History has been a story of gender inequality . At various stages of personal and social development, it is the physical strength of the male which has been the strongest and most effective force in making decisions across the world. However things are changing rapidly. Now gone are the days when the society as a whole was run by males. Women are no less now. From being the sex machines for their husbands, they have become decision makers and can do their own thing today. Be it the first women naval officer or the first lady of the country, women have overcome the tag of back benchers of the society after a long struggle that lasted for centuries.
In this long struggle there have been hundreds of women who have been fetching recognition for women in the whole society and helping women as a race to flourish. One such name is Hillary Clinton, a Wharton graduate and a crusader for woman and children rights. Her first ten years was spent as a lawyer and political activist where she worked with various women right groups while she practiced her profession at a reputed law firm. She quit a flourishing profession in Washington to join her husband in Arkansas when he chose his home state to embark on his fledgling political career. In 2008 she contested but lost out to President Obama in the primaries who become the democratic candidate and eventually the President.
She was the First Lady of Arkansas from 1983-1992, when her husband the former US President Bill Clinton was the Governor of the state. When Clinton entered the White House she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993-2001. After her eight year stint as a first lady she contested and won as the democratic party candidate from New York and was a United States Senator from 2001-2009. She contested for the post of US President but lost to Barack Obama in the primaries. After Obama was elected President she was selected as the 67th Unites States Secretary of State for the period 2009-2013 and was the second most important person in the US Administration during the first four years of the Obama rule.
Bagging all these achievements through her courage and determination, she still is the most down to earth and humble soul in the eyes of her people, the citizens of Unites States. As the secretary of state she has been to most troubled areas and has had interaction with many heads of states across the world. She has been close to women and children rights groups from the early days of her career. As a child she was a favourite of her teachers and now a favourite of her nation as she remains way ahead of Donald Trump the Republican candidate in opinion polls.
From her childhood days she often told a story about being inspired by U.S. efforts during the Space Race and sending a letter to NASA around 1961 when asked about what she wanted to become, an astronaut. Sadly she was to be told that no women were being accepted into NASA programs then. It was from her parents that she got the grounding about not limiting her aspects by gender; her mother wanted her to have an independent, professional career, her father otherwise a traditionalist felt that his daughter’s abilities and opportunities should not be limited by gender.
Being ” first” has been her forte from the time she is born. The first child to her parents, the first girl student in Wellesley College history to speak at the annual event, the only first lady to hold a postgraduate degree and to have her own professional career, was also the first to have an office in the West Wing of the White house in addition to the usual first offices in the East Wing.
Talking about Clinton’s contribution in the betterment of the lives of children and women, her first scholarly article was ” Children Under the Law” published in the Harvard Educational Review in late 1973. Comprising of the new children’s rights movement, it stated that “child citizens” were “powerless individuals” and argues that children should not be considered equally incompetent from birth to attaining legal age but that instead courts should presume competence except when there is evidence otherwise, on case-by-case basis.
Ms. Clinton received sustained national attention for the first time when her husband became a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination of 1992. She didn’t stop after it. Her battle for enhancing the lives of children and women accelerated from then and is still running on the same pace. Initially suppressed her ideas, people are moved by her ideologies and implementations.
She says ” Too often, these are called women’s issues. Well. I am proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues, because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America”. In the trail of empowering the live of the women she brought about reforms to fill the gap between the wages of men and women. She fought a big massive battle for the paid leaves for the women so that they can take c are of their ill child or any family member and not getting worried about leaving the job. Defending and enhancing social securities for women has been her soul motive. She proudly promotes a planned parenthood. Ending her note she always says “Women’s and children’s rights are a cornerstone of US’s growth”.