Please, explain to me how completely disregarding her entire career, degree, accomplishments, and everything she has worked for to instead to sum her up as “nobody and Bill Clinton’s wife” is not sexist? Genuinely interested in how you came to this conclusion. I find the reasoning behind sexism to be fascinating.
Please keep in mind a few things when crafting your response:
- When Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001, she became the first American first lady to ever win a public office seat, as well as the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. She later became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.
- Hillary attended Wellesley College, where she was active in student politics and was elected senior class president before graduating in 1969. She then attended Yale Law School, where she received her degree.
- She was instrumental in securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment. She subsequently took a leading role in investigating the health issues that 9/11 first responders were facing.
- She also led the charge on the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act, which is now the law of the land.
- She negotiated the cease-fire in Gaza that stopped the Hamas from firing rocket after rocket into Israel. She helped secure the START treaty’s ratification, and has advanced women’s rights in countries around the globe.
- She authored the Pediatric Research Equity Act. This law requires drug companies to study their products in children. The Act is responsible for changing the drug labeling of hundreds of drugs with important information about safety and dosing of drugs for children. It has improved the health of millions of children who take medications to treat diseases ranging from HIV to epilepsy to asthma. Millions of kids are in better shape and alive because of the law Senator Clinton authored.
- Hillary worked across the aisle to expand health care access for members of the National Guard and reservists — making sure those who served and their families had access to health care when they returned home. And she worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act, allowing families of those wounded in service to their country to take leave in order to care for their loved ones.
- She created the ambassador at large for global women’s issues, a post charged with integrating gender throughout the State Department.
- At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women.
- Successfully fought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
- After law school, Hillary could have gone to work for a prestigious law firm, but took a job at the Children’s Defense Fund. She worked with teenagers incarcerated in adult prisons in South Carolina and families with disabled children in Massachusetts.
- Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP cut the uninsured rate of American children by half, and today it provides health care to more than 8 million kids.
- As secretary of state, Hillary made LGBT rights a focus of U.S. foreign policy. She lobbied for the first-ever U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and declared that “gay rights are human rights.” And here at home, she made the State Department a better, fairer place for LGBT employees to work.
- She is the most traveled Secretary of State to date.
- ….and many, many more.
Hillary doesn’t need the merits of her husband. The fact that we are still focused more on Bill than Hillary speaks volumes to why the United States still has not had a female president. I don’t even want to vote for her, but to completely disregard all her accomplishments and hard work, only to call her “nobody but Bill Clinton’s wife” is absolutely absurd. Whether or not you agree with what she has done, she has made her mark on history. She has quite a few “firsts” under her belt that will forever imprint her in history, if nothing else, as the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. So please, tell me again how she’s nobody?