Hillary: The Wellesley years

The woman who will live in the White House was a sharp-witted activist in the class of ‘69

By Charles Kenney GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 12, 1993

This article is from the Boston Globe archives. It was originally published on January 12, 1993.

Hillary Clinton as a Wellesley College senior in 1968.

It was too much for Hillary Rodham to take. Here was the speaker at her Wellesley College commencement — US Sen. Edward W. Brooke — addressing the 401 seniors who had come of age during the trauma of Vietnam, the civil rights struggles, the murders of Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

But rather than offering a thoughtful analysis of the times, Brooke glossed over the issues that so troubled these young women. And Hillary Rodham would not tolerate it. She had been chosen as the first graduating senior in Wellesley history to speak at commencement, and she had spent weeks preparing for this moment.

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