Enumerating everything Hillary Clinton has accomplished in her 65 years on this earth is a task too big for one editorial team -- we'll leave that to her biographers. Instead, in honor of her 65th birthday, we have compiled a list of what we love and admire about her -- from the small things that make us smile to the important, often ballsy work she has done to advance the status of women in the U.S. and improve the lives of women abroad. So happy birthday, Hillz. This one's for you.
1. As a child she wrote to NASA asking them how she could become an astronaut. The agency responded that they did not allow women in their programs.
2. The class of 1965 at Maine Township High School South voted her "Most Likely To Succeed." How right they were!
3. She has always cared about social issues. As a teenager, she organized aprogram to provide babysitting for the children of migrant workers.
4. These groovy pants from back in her Wellesley days.
5. She was a contestant on "College Bowl," thus reassuring brainy girls everywhere that it is just fine to be shamelessly smart.
6. She was the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley when her class graduated in 1969. After the class of 1969 campaigned for a student speaker at graduation, Wellesley president Ruth Adams chose Hillary as their spokesperson.
7. She loves adventure – and she's not afraid to get her hands dirty. After graduating from college in 1969, she worked her way across Alaska by washing dishes in Mount McKinley National Park and sliming salmon in a fish processing cannery in Valdez.
8. She was one of 27 women in a class of 235 at Yale Law.
9. Her reason for choosing Yale Law School over Harvard. The New York Times reports Hillary's anecdote about attending a cocktail party at Harvard Law School after she was admitted: “One of my friends said, ‘Professor So-and-So, this is Hillary Rodham, she’s trying to decide between us and our nearest competitor,'" Mrs. Clinton said. “And he looked down at me and he said, ‘Well, first, we don’t have a nearest competitor. And secondly, we don’t need any more women.”’
10. She tried to join the Marines in 1975, but was turned down. According to theNew York Times, a Marine recruiter told Hillary: "You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman."
11. She was the only woman on the Nixon impeachment legal team.
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