Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first woman to ever be a major American political party’s presidential nominee.
Her road to the nomination was a long one.
In her youth, she campaigned for Republicans, then became a Democrat in college. She spent years practicing law, then became First Lady of Arkansas - and later the United States - as her husband, Bill Clinton, became a national political figure in the 1980s and 1990s.
Like all of us, her life history is full of the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.
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In the 1980s, as First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary begins pursuing initiatives for children and making major business moves.
She also begins using the Rodham-Clinton as Clinton gains increasing political momentum.
In the 1990s, Hillary Rodham-Clinton becomes First Lady Hillary Clinton as her husband Bill serves two terms as president from 1993-2001.
She pursues a number of initiatives, including an early version of healthcare reform, with mixed success, and the family weathers a major scandal when Bill is impeached.
Age: 44, 1992, She delivers a commencement speech to the graduating class at her alma mater, Wellesley College.
Age: 45, 1993, She becomes the First Lady of the US when Bill is sworn in as President.
Age: 48, 1996, She is the 1st First Lady ever subpoenaed, but Whitewater case is dropped for insufficient evidence.
Age: 50, 1998, Hillary stands by Bill after his affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, is exposed.
Age: 52, 2000, Clinton wins US Senate election in New York (55% to 43%) despite criticism of carpetbagging.
Age: 54, 2002, Senator Clinton votes in favor of the Iraq War Resolution, authorizing US military force in Iraq.
Age: 60, 2008, Clinton ends presidential campaign & pledges support for Obama after he becomes presumptive nominee.
Age: 67, 2015, Hillary announces candidacy for the 2016 presidential election; her HQ is based in Brooklyn, NY.