Hillary Clinton: 10 quotes on her birthday

Hillary Rodham Clinton was born on Oct. 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She began attending Wellesley College in 1965 and was elected senior class president in her last year. When she graduated in 1969 she became the college's first student commencement speaker and her remarks drew national attention. Clinton went on to study at Yale Law School and it was there that she met her future husband, Bill Clinton. After graduating from Yale with highest honors, Clinton went to Washington, DC, to work as a Congressional legal counsel during the Watergate scandal. In 1974 Clinton moved to Arkansas and married in 1975, embarking on a legal career in that state. When her husband was elected 42nd president of the United States, she became First Lady, a role she filled from 1993 to 2001. From 2001 to 2009 Clinton served as a US senator from the state of New York. Clinton lost the primary race to Barack Obama, but accepted his offer to became US Secretary of State when he was elected to the presidency.

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"There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country."

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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