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born 1947

In 1969, 18-year-old Hillary Clinton became the first student in history to speak at a Wellesley College commencement. She was so accomplished, classmates predicted she'd one day achieve another milestone ~ as the US's first female president.

Now Hillary's the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by a major party. Whether or not she wins, no one can argue with her qualifications for the job. After more than 30 years in public service, the former corporate attorney + two-time first lady has become the country's most prominent stateswoman. A past secretary of state and two-term senator, Hillary's known for intelligence, pragmatism and resilience...all of which were on display after her 2008 loss in the Democratic primaries. "When you stumble," she said, "keep faith."

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her quotes

all quotes by Hillary Clinton (34)

"Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it. Not now."

Wellesley College | may 1969

"Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is . . . For me, that balance is family, work, and service."

during 1992 presidential campaign {quoted in official White House biography} | 1992

"While change is certain, progress is not. Change is a law of nature; progress is the challenge for both a life and society."

Wellesley College | may 1992

"Transcend yourself and you will find yourself."

Wellesley College | may 1992

"I’m a Rorschach test."

Whose Hillary is She Anyway? {quoted in Partisan Sex: Bodies, Politics and the Law in the Clinton Era} | august 1993

"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."

Newsweek {quoted in Hillary Clinton In Her Own Words} | june 1995

"Women will never gain full dignity until their human rights are respected and protected."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China | september 1995

"There is no one formula for how women should lead our lives."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China | september 1995

"We are the primary caretakers for most of the world’s children and elderly, yet much of the work we do is not valued."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China | september 1995

"When families flourish, communities and nations do as well."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China | september 1995

"If women have a chance to earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China | september 1995

"Just as a positive outlook on life can promote good health, so can everyday acts of kindness."

It Takes a Village | january 1996

"I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together."

The Clintons | january 1996

"Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Remarks | january 1999

"It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children's and grandchildren's fates, are decided."

Keynote Speech {via Women's Agenda} | april 2003

"Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you."

Living History | june 2003

"My staff used to tease me, suggesting the State Department had a directive: If the place was too small, too dangerous or too poor—send Hillary."

Living History | april 2004

"I'm in, and I'm in to win."

presidential candidacy {quoted in Her Way by Jeff Gerth & Don Van Natta Jr.} | january 2007

"Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation."

Hillary Clinton's Remarks to Veterans of Foreign Wars | august 2007

"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it."

Hillary Clinton Endorses Obama | june 2008

"Reproductive rights are among the most basic of human rights."

World Population Day | july 2012

"For all we have achieved together, women's rights remains the great unfinished business of the 21st century."

International Women's Day | march 2014

"When women succeed the world succeeds. When women and girls thrive, entire societies thrive. Just as women's rights are human rights, women's progress is human progress."

International Women's Day | march 2014

"Diplomacy would be easy if we had to talk only to our friends. That’s not how peace is made."

Hard Choices | june 2014

"I suppose it's only fair to say—don't you someday want to see a woman president of the United States of America?"

Hillary Clinton Keynote | march 2015

"I know there are still some people who roll their eyes when I or others say that women's issues are America's issues, but they're just going to have to get used to it."

Hillary Clinton Keynote | march 2015

"Bringing the women and girls off the margins and into the mainstream of every profession, as well as every community and every country, has to be our mission now."

2015 United Nations Conference on Women | march 2015

"There's never been a better time in history to be born female."

UN Women’s Empowerment Principles 2015 | march 2015

"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top."

Getting Started | april 2015

"Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."

Getting Started | april 2015

"When families are strong, America is strong."

Getting Started | april 2015

"I’m hitting the road to earn your vote because it’s your time. I hope you’ll join me on this journey."

Getting Started | april 2015

"I'm running for president."

Getting Started | april 2015

"We are on the brink of a historic, unprecedented moment."

California presidential campaign rally | june 2016
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curated with care by Kathleen Murray {january 2014}