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[Series Introduction]

Young newscasters Ben and Olivia introduce well-known people from around the world. These “people in the news” have accomplished extraordinary things in science, sports, music, business, politics, and more!


OLIVIA: Welcome back to People in the News. Today Ben will tell us about Hillary Clinton. She’s a former first lady of the United States, who could return to the White House.

BEN: That’s true, Olivia, but Hillary wouldn’t be living in the White House as first lady. She has her own political career, and right now she’s running for president. If she wins in 2016, she’ll be the first female president of the United States!
Hillary Rodham was born on October 26, 1947. She and her two younger brothers grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Her mother took care of the family while her father ran a drapery business. Hillary’s parents taught their children to work hard. Hillary learned this lesson well, succeeding at school and joining organizations like the Girl Scouts and a church youth group.
When Hillary was 12, she wanted to be an astronaut. So she wrote to NASA, the American space agency, to ask some questions about training. A NASA employee replied that women couldn’t be astronauts.

OLIVIA: What? Women couldn’t be astronauts? That’s unbelievable!

BEN: Young Hillary was pretty upset by this reply too! But Hillary’s mother—who’d never had the chance to go to college—often encouraged Hillary, telling her that she could do whatever she wanted to do. Mrs. Rodham was a constant source of inspiration to Hillary.
In 1962 Hillary went with her church youth group to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak. He was a civil rights activist, and his speech sparked Hillary’s own interest in social justice. She developed strong opinions about civil rights.
Hillary attended Wellesley College, a women’s college. Her intelligence and commitment to civil rights impressed many people there. She made history as the first student to give a speech at graduation. Hillary spoke after a U.S. senator addressed the crowd. The next day a newspaper reported that the 21-year-old had completely upstaged the senator!
After college Hillary went to law school at Yale University. She was one of a small number of women in the class. At Yale she developed a strong interest in children’s rights, taking on cases related to child abuse. She also volunteered at an agency that helps poor people with legal issues.
While she was a law student, Hillary met Bill Clinton. She had noticed Bill around campus, and one day she decided to introduce herself. Like Hillary, Bill was very interested in social justice.
When Bill and Hillary graduated in 1973, Bill moved back to Arkansas, where he’d grown up. Hillary went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund in another state about 1,500 miles away. The next year Hillary joined Bill. They both taught at the University of Arkansas law school; Hillary had a reputation for being a tougher professor than Bill!
Hillary and Bill married in 1975. The next year she joined a law firm, and in 1978 Bill was elected governor of Arkansas. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.

OLIVIA: That must have been a happy time for Hillary.

BEN: Amazingly, she received a lot of criticism for being too independent. Some people were upset that she hadn’t taken Bill’s last name when they married. Hillary was also criticized for returning to work after she had a baby. And then there was the matter of her appearance. Hillary wore big glasses and didn’t care about fashion. When Bill lost his 1980 campaign for reelection, some people actually blamed Hillary!
By the time Bill decided to run for governor again in 1982, Hillary was wearing contact lenses and more fashionable clothes. She was
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