I’d think that her work with the Children’s Defense Fund would be considered substantive. Also her running of a legal aid clinic in Arkansas where she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, an organization dedicated to aiding underserved populations in Arkansas in a variety of areas including heathcare and education. Does that not seem substantive to you?
This organization still exists and you can visit their website (http://www.aradvocates.org) and read about their continued work.
I would argue that her early work in universal healthcare got a great many of us thinking about what has been a strangely vexing aspect of American life—we’re the only “first world” country that does not ensure healthcare for its citizenry. Even after she lost that battle, she kept working as an advocate for families, such as her bipartisan effort to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
She was the leader of the U.S. delegation at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Not substantive?
As a senator from New York, she worked in a bipartisan effort to make sure that members and families of the Reserves and National Guard had access to healthcare. (This was the TRICARE program expansion.)
She marshalled public and private resources (eBay, for example) to provide microloans and other support for small business entrepreneurs in rural New York. She helped get broadband internet access to rural areas in the state, as well, and launched the Farm-to-Fork program so that New York farmers could could sell their produce to a variety of New York customers including restaurants and schools.
So, you asked for three things. I admit, I went overboard and gave more than you requested. Will you continue to believe she has not done anything substantive or will you acknowledge that she has, indeed, helped to make situations better?