Difficult Woman N°24
Hillary Rodham Clinton
(born October 26, 1947)
Who: First major party female presidential nominee. Secretary of State. Senator from New York. First Lady of the United States. First Lady of Arkansas. Pantsuit aficionado.
Signature Difficult Moves: Upon entering the White House as First Lady in 1993 insisted upon using Rodham as her middle name. Inspired national nervous breakdown by now infamous offhand remark, vis-a-vis the work she was doing as a public advocate fighting for social justice and equality for women: “I suppose I could have stayed home, baked cookies and had teas.” Helped strategize how to take down Osama Bin Ladin. Refused to leave incoming freshman Chelsea Clinton’s dorm room at Stanford before she’d put liner paper in every drawer.
What People Said About Her: Oh my God, what haven’t they said?
Personals: Married to rascally 42nd President Bill Clinton. Mother to Chelsea, grandmother to Charlotte and Aiden. Spiritual mother to millions.
Feminine Charms: Beautiful smile, great laugh.
How She Spoke Truth To Power: “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.” Also, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”
Quote To Live By: “Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it’s a personal life or public life.”