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Life in a single parent household.

Excerpt from Bill Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, July 1992

"I never met my father.

"He was killed in a car wreck on a rainy road three months before I was born, driving home from Chicago to Arkansas to be with my mother.

"After that, my mother had to support us. So I lived with my grand-parents while she went away to study nursing in Louisiana.

"I can still see her through the eyes of a 3-year-old: kneeling at the train station in New Orleans, waving good-bye and crying as she put me on the train with my grandmother to go back home. She endured her pain because she knew her sacrifice was the only way she could support me and give me a better life.

"My mother taught me. She taught me about family, hard work and sacrifice. She held steady through tragedy after tragedy. And she held our family, my brother and me, together through tough times. As a child, I watched her go off to work each day at a time when it wasn't very easy to be a working mother.

"As an adult, I watched her fight off breast cancer. And again she taught me a lesson in courage. And always, always she taught me to fight.

"That's why I'll fight to create high-paying jobs so that parents can raise their children in dignity. That's why I'm so committed to making sure every American gets the health care that saved my mother's life, And that's why I fight to make sure women in this country receive respect and dignity - whether they work in the home, out of the home, or both. You want to know where I get my fighting spirit? It all started with my mother."

Quotes of the Quarter

According to Vice President Dan Quayle:

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between parent and child."

--From the Detroit Metro Times. July 8-14, 1992, p. 5.

And from Wilma Man killer, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation:

"The Iroquois say it's the time of the butterfly, which means the time of women. We see it all around us as women are beginning to take charge. I challenge you all to take some risks, dance along the edge of the roof a little bit. If you do things will change."

--From her addresss to the graduating class of Mills College, Okland, CA, May 17, 1992.
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