Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton (rŏd´əm), 1947–, U.S. senator and secretary of state, wife of 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 the subsequent 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 lost to Barack Obama, but she subsequently served (2009–13) as secretary of state after he was elected president. Her use of a private email server while at the State Dept. was widely criticized, including by the FBI, and it became an issue when she ran for president in 2016. After defeating Senator Bernie Sanders to become the first woman nominated for U.S. president by a major political party, she chose Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. The Clinton-Kaine ticket subsequently lost the election (although it won the popular vote) to Donald Trump and Mike Pence in one of the bitterest, most personal, and socially divisive contests in recent U.S. history. Clinton is the author of It Takes a Village (1996); two memoirs, Living History (2003) and Hard Choices (2014); and What Happened (2017), an account of the 2016 race from her perspective.

See biographies by D. Radcliffe (1994), D. Brock (1996), G. Sheehy (1999), G. Troy (2006), C. Bernstein (2007), and J. Gerth and D. Van Natta, Jr. (2007); W. H. Chafe, Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal (2012); J. Allen and A. Parnes, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (2014).

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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Selected full-text books and articles

A Milestone Delayed: What Does Clinton's Loss Mean for Feminism and Its Future? By Salgado, Soli National Catholic Reporter, Vol. 53, No. 5, December 16, 2016
Confronting Gender Bias, Finding a Voice: Hillary Clinton and the New Hampshire Crying Incident By Shepard, Ryan Argumentation and Advocacy, Vol. 46, No. 1, Summer 2009
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Perception of Leadership Styles and Trust across Cultures and Gender: A Comparative Study on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton By Quader, Mohammed Shahedul South Asian Journal of Management, Vol. 18, No. 2, April-June 2011
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Affective Evaluations of First Ladies: A Comparison of Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush By Sulfaro, Valerie A Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2007
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A Symbol for Women's Progress: A Rhetorical Analysis of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Story as America's Story By Ault, Ashley Michigan Academician, Vol. 42, No. 1, Spring 2015
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What's in a Name? Coverage of Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Primary By Uscinski, Joseph E.; Goren, Lilly J Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 4, December 2011
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From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication By Patricia A. Sullivan; Lynn H. Turner Praeger Publishers, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Power and Politics: A Case Study of Hillary Rodham Clinton"
The Clinton Presidency: Images, Issues, and Communication Strategies By 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"
The 1996 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective By 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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