5 Times Hillary Clinton Was a Major Boss B (That You’ve Totally Forgotten About)
Since moving into the public sphere four decades ago, Hillary Clinton has held numerous roles: from wife and advocate for reform, to senator and then secretary of state. Now, she’s the first woman to run for president on the ticket of a major party — the first woman who really stands a chance of becoming president. But what happened earlier in her life? Some of these moments have made it into campaign speeches and videos, so let’s take a closer look.
1. Astronaut Hillary: Hillary has mentioned in many speeches that her childhood goal was actually to be an astronaut, but that she was rebuffed after she wrote in to NASA expressing her interest in traveling to space. In the early 1960s, when she would have written, NASA only accepted men as astronauts. In fact, it was a heated topic of discussion at that time whether women should be allowed to participate in the space travel program.
2. Wellesley Commencement Speech: As Hillary’s cohort prepared to graduate from the women-only liberal arts college in 1969, they decided they wanted to hear from someone who’d never been invited to speak at a Wellesley convocation ceremony: a member of the graduating class. And it was a no-brainer who should have the honor, according to the college’s then-president, Ruth Adams: It had to be Hillary. You can listen to parts of that speech on YouTube.
3. Working on the Watergate Committee: Contrary to what some believe, Hillary Clinton was not fired from the committee investigating whether then-president Richard Nixon should be impeached for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. But she did work on the committee fresh out of Yale Law School, and even predicted to her boss that her boyfriend Bill would one day become president! Now that is confidence.
4. Arkansas Education Reforms: During her 12 years as First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary is widely credited with overseeing reforms that took the state out of its perpetual spot near the bottom of every national ranking system of states’ educational performance. She and Bill actually both lost favor with teachers in the state for including mandated teacher testing in the reforms, especially as he’d received huge support from unions all over the state in his bid for office.
5. Health Care Reform… Almost: A 2014 New York Timeslook at Hillary’s role as First Lady describes her role in the attempt to reform health care: “She was an independent force within the White House, single-handedly pushing health care onto the agenda.” While we all know that the mid-1990s push to make health care more accessible to Americans didn’t quite pan out as planned, her central role in the reform movement made her one of the most politically active first ladies in the country’s history, recalling the powerful figure of Eleanor Roosevelt.
What’s your favorite Hillary Clinton story? Let us know on Twitter @BritandCo!
(Photos via Tim Boyle, Scott Olson, Peter Kramer, Andrew Burton, and Isaac Brekken/ Getty)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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