Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Current United States Secretary of State
Background: After graduating from Yale Law School in1973, Clinton moved to Arkansas with her husband, Bill. As First Lady of Arkansas, Clinton led the reforming of Arkansas’s education system. When she became First Lady of the United States in 1993, Clinton focused on reforming health care. She also played a role in forming the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adopt and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act. From 2001 to 2009, Clinton was a New York State Senator. Clinton ran for President of the United States in the 2008 elections. She currently serves as the U.S. Secretary of State.
Why Clinton is a MAPS Hero: Clinton has always been an advocate for women’s rights, but recently her efforts have been gaining more attention than ever before. Clinton has made several trips around the world talking to political leaders and regular people alike, urging them to put women’s rights central on their agendas. As Clinton stated at the 1995 Fouth World Conference on Women, “… human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.” Clinton’s work has inspired many people, women and men alike, to become activists for women’s rights. Clinton’s influence is sure to generate monumental change for women.
For More Information: Check out a TED video of Clinton in our previous post, “If You Give A Girl A Cow”