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LITERARY STYLE: A brief history of Hillary.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947, the daughter of Dorothy Rodham and the late Hugh Rodham. She was followed by two younger brothers.

Hillary grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, where she attended public school. She went on to Wellesley College, followed by Yale Law School from which she graduated in 1973. This was where she met Bill Clinton.

She married Bill Clinton in 1975 and joined the Faculty of the University of Arkansas Law School, then the Rose Law Firm in 1976. In 1978, Jimmy Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Corporation, the same year that Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980.

Hillary Clinton became First Lady when Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992. She kept an active role as First Lady; in 1993, the President asked her to chair the task force on National Health Care Reform. She also chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Childrens' Hospital, Legal Services and Children's Defence Fund.

During her time as First Lady, Hillary Clinton wrote a newspaper column entitled 'Taking it Over', in which she described her experiences as First Lady and offered her observations of women children and families that she had met. in 1997, she wrote the bestseller It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach us, which was also awarded a grammy when she recorded it. She has also published Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids Letters to the First Pets, and An Invitaiton to the White House.

On November 7 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected US Senator from New York. She was the First Lady to have been elected to the US Senate. She serves on the Senate Committees for Environment and Public Works; Health; Education, Labour and Pensions and the Senate Arms Committee.

Hillary Clinton has achieved many awards, including: the Martin Luthor King Jr. Award of the Progressive National Baptist Convention; The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Medal; the Servant of Justice Award of the New York City Legal Aid Society; the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal; the Public Spirit Award of the American Legion Auxiliary; and the Shalom Chaver Award for International Leadership of the Yitzhak Rabim Center for Israel Studies. She was also declared Person 2000 based on opinion polls among gays and lesbians and declared Worst Dressed Woman of the Year 2002.

Ellen Branagh

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