Ever heard someone question Hillary Clinton’s values? Show them this.
Pictures that tell the story of Hillary Clinton’s career and what she stands for.
Hillary is applying for the nation’s highest office, and the work she’s done in her career to this point—and her values that she’s fought for throughout her life—can tell us a lot about the type of president she’ll be. Here’s a look back at a few of Hillary’s experiences—in pictures:
As a staff lawyer at the Children’s Defense Fund:
“I took the lessons my parents taught me to my first job after law school, at the Children’s Defense Fund. I worked as an advocate for children who started life with few chances and plenty of obstacles, just like my mother. One of my first jobs was going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on behalf of kids with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school.
I still remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair. We sat on the small back porch of her house, and she told me how badly she wanted to go to school. It just didn’t seem possible in those days. And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she’d gone through as a child. It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action.” — Hillary Clinton
As the first lady of Arkansas:
“The pressures on me to conform had increased dramatically when Bill was elected Governor in 1978. I could get away with being considered a little unconventional as the wife of the Attorney General, but as First Lady of Arkansas, I was thrown into an unblinking spotlight. And for the first time, I came to realize how my personal choices could impact my husband’s political future.
My parents raised me to focus on the inner qualities of people, not the way they dressed or the titles they held. That sometimes made it hard for me to understand the importance of certain conventions to others. I learned the hard way that some voters in Arkansas were seriously offended by the fact that I kept my maiden name.”—Hillary Clinton
As a lawyer at the Rose Law Firm:
“Before I was a senator or secretary of state, and even before I was a wife or mother—I was a lawyer. I was drawn to law for the same reason a lot of young people are: I put my faith in justice and fairness. I have seen the profound impact that our justice system has on people’s lives, for better or for worse. And I wanted to help make it for the better.” — Hillary Clinton
As the First Lady of the United States:
“During my years as First Lady, I became a better student of how government can serve people, how Congress really works, how people perceive politics and policy through the filter of the media and how American values can be translated into economic and social progress. …
A political life, I’ve often said, is a continuing education in human nature, including one’s own. My involvement on the ground floor of two presidential campaigns and my duties as First Lady took me to every state in our union and to seventy-eight nations. In each place, I met someone or saw something that caused me to open my mind and my heart and deepen my understanding of the universal concerns that most of humanity shares. …
My eight years in the White House tested my faith and political beliefs, my marriage and our nation’s Constitution. I became a lightning rod for political and ideological battles waged over America’s future and a magnet for feelings, good and bad, about women’s choices and roles. ” — Hillary Clinton
As a senator from New York:
“And then all of a sudden people are pushing me to do it, and I’m saying no. But there must have been just either a sense of hope or desperation because they didn’t stop, and they just – and they kept fanning the press interest because it was just a constant onslaught of press stories.
When that young woman said that to me, “Dare to compete,” I really felt like, oh, my gosh, I mean, I go around telling women to compete all the time. I tell young girls to compete. I tell them to compete in athletics, compete in academics, compete in politics. Am I scared? …
It was really after I met Sophia, the young basketball captain, that I for the first time had to really think seriously about why I was reacting the way I was and should I give it a try? But I was very cautious and reluctant even after I said okay, alright, I’ll try.” – Hillary Clinton
As secretary of state:
“When President Obama asked me to become secretary of state I returned to a simple idea: When your President asks you to serve, you should say yes. …
My father, Hugh, who had served in the Navy in World War II, training young sailors to go off to fight in the Pacific, had instilled a deep sense of duty and service when he raised me—which helped me make the hard choice to leave the Senate and accept the position of secretary of state.”—Hillary Clinton
Why I am running for president now:
“Here’s my promise to you. I’m going to close my campaign the way I began my career — and the way I will serve as your president, should you give me the honor: focused on opportunities for kids and fairness for families. …
We need a president who’s spent years fighting for these issues, and who has a plan to support all families, in all their configurations. And if I have the honor of serving as your president, no one will fight harder for your children and your families — because this is the work of my life, and I’m not stopping now.” —Hillary Clinton