Hillary Clinton: A Politician Above Politics

Part of Hillary Clinton’s likability as a political figure stems from how she positions herself as a female politician. She does a lot of her work as “service” rather than “personal ambition.”  If she does chose to run in the 2016 election, many claim it would be almost impossible for any republican to beat her. Almost all democrats have fallen in love with her and the work she has done not only for our nation as First Lady and Secretary of State, but also in her work to empower women all over the world. And of course, her popularity amongst powerful men like President Obama and President Clinton would definitely be a huge aid for her.

Mrs. Clinton believes that the country approves of her, and of female candidates in general, when they appear to be serving others rather than seeking power out of personal ambition. “By that logic, Mrs. Clinton’s interest in helping poor women around the world would not hurt her politically in 2016 and might add to her current politician-above-politics luster.” But even if she does not run (she has denied any claim that she will be running in 2016) she shines with White House and historic potential, especially taking into account all of the political moves Clinton has made throughout the years, and the barriers she has faced being female.  Hillary Clinton has represented herself well as a woman by being one of the first women to attend Yale Law School, the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree, and a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She also turned her tenure as Secretary of State into a sustained argument that women’s welfare is key to security and economic stability, helped launch the Women in Public Service Project, and has headed projects like milk cooperatives in Malawi, “Saving Mothers, Giving Life,” and support networks for self-employed women in India.  But she’s also just a kick-ass, powerful feminist who can laugh at herself on SNL, be an involved mother, show that she is unafraid to call out sexist reporters, and unlike many of our male leaders, she can bounce back and learn from her failures.

-Natalie Thomas

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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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