In 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton became U.S. Secretary of State. She is the nation’s top diplomat. As Secretary of State, Clinton has visited more than 90 countries and traveled more than 650,000 miles. Her job is to represent the interests of the U.S. and to promote understanding abroad. She negotiates agreements and helps other nations when natural disasters strike. As a top adviser to the President, she works to promote peace throughout the world.
President Barack Obama appointed Clinton to her position. The two had once been rivals for the Democratic nomination for President. Clinton hoped to become the country’s first female President. When Obama won the nomination and later the presidency, they put aside their differences. “She is an American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence,” said Obama when he named her to the post.
Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 1947. She graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met her future husband, Bill Clinton. While First Lady from 1993 to 2001, Hillary Clinton headed up the President’s plans for health-care reform and was an advocate for children and families. After Bill Clinton left office, Hillary was elected Senator from New York in 2000. In the Senate, she served on several important committees, including the Armed Services Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Budget Committee.
In the past year, Clinton was a supporter in what has become known as the Arab Spring. In Egypt, she urged for a democratic government and fought for the safety of protestors. During the uprising in Libya, she supported military presence and earned the approval of the United Nations. And Clinton remains focused on the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. “Give women equal rights and entire nations are more stable and secure,” she said. “Deny women equal rights and the instability of nations is almost certain.”
For representing the U.S. and working tirelessly to promote peace and women’s rights, Hillary Clinton is a nominee for TFK's 2011 Person of the Year.