Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton (rŏd´əm), 1947–, American lawyer and political figure, wife of U.S. President Bill Clinton, b. Chicago, grad. Wellesley College (B.A. 1969), Yale Law School (LL.B., 1973). After law school she served on the House panel that investigated the Watergate affair. She was in private practice from 1977 until 1992, becoming an expert on children's rights. After her husband's election as president, she initially played a highly visible role in his administration, co-chairing the task force that proposed changes in the U.S. health-care system. Less publicly involved in policy issues after that program failed to gain support, she won sympathy for her support of her husband during the Lewinsky scandal and impeachment proceedings. She became the first first lady to be subpoenaed by a grand jury when she testified about the Whitewater affair in 1996. In 2000, Clinton won election as a Democrat to the U.S. senate from New York, becoming the first wife of a president to win election to public office; she was reelected in 2006. A candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, she ultimately narrowly lost to Barack Obama, but she subsequently served (2009–13) as his secretary of state after he was elected president. Clinton is the author of It Takes a Village (1996) and the memoir Living History (2003).

See biographies by D. Radcliffe (1994), D. Brock (1996), G. Sheehy (1999), G. Troy (2006), Carl Bernstein (2007), and J. Gerth and D. Van Natta, Jr. (2007); W. H. Chafe, Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal (2012).

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Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Barbara Burrell.
Routledge, 2001 (Revised edition)
Perception of Leadership Styles and Trust across Cultures and Gender: A Comparative Study on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
Quader, Mohammed Shahedul.
South Asian Journal of Management, Vol. 18, No. 2, April-June 2011
Hillary's First 100 Days
Zunes, Stephen.
National Catholic Reporter, Vol. 45, No. 15, May 15, 2009
The Team of Rivals Thing: For Barack Obama, Forgiveness Has Few Bounds If It Means He Can Surround Himself with the Best People-And That Includes a Former Enemy, Hillary Clinton
MacGillis, Alec.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 137, No. 4925, December 1, 2008
AP Offers Lengthy Analysis of Why Clinton's Campaign Failed
Woodward, Calvin; Benac, Nancy.
Editor & Publisher, May 11, 2008
From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication
Patricia A. Sullivan; Lynn H. Turner.
Praeger Publishers, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Power and Politics: A Case Study of Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Clinton Turns from Obama Critic to Top Envoy; Secretary of State Nomination to Be among Six Announced
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The Washington Times (Washington, DC), December 1, 2008
US Senate Confirms Hillary as Secretary of State
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Manila Bulletin, January 23, 2009
The Clinton Presidency: Images, Issues, and Communication Strategies
Robert E. Denton Jr.; Rachel L. Holloway.
Praeger, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Redifining the Role of the First Lady: The Rhetorical Style of Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Affective Evaluations of First Ladies: A Comparison of Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush
Sulfaro, Valerie A.
Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2007
The Polls: Public Favorability toward the First Lady, 1993-1999
Cohen, Jeffrey E.
Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2000
The 1996 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective
Robert E. Denton Jr.
Praeger, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elizabeth Dole as 'Running Mates' in the 1996 Campaign: Parallels in the Rhetorical Constraints of First Ladies and Vice Presidents"
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