WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT FIRST LADIES by Ruby Shamir & Matt Faulkner

by Matt Faulkner, Ruby Shamir
 
 
 
Following in the footsteps of So You Want to Be President?, this first book in a new series features fun, kid-friendly facts about America’s First Ladies and shows young readers just why they’re such a big deal.
 

Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln played a huge role in fighting to end slavery? Or that Edith Wilson decoded secret messages from our allies during World War I? Or that Michelle Obama has led a nationwide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles for children?

Or how about fun facts: Did you know that Grace Coolidge had a pet raccoon? Or that Dolley Madison loved oyster ice cream? (And would later have a brand of ice cream named after her!)

In addition to being hostesses, ambassadors, activists, educators, historians and role-models, each first lady put her own stamp on the White House and her husband’s presidency. Filled with fun, kid-friendly facts that bring each First Lady to life on the page, this picture book written by a member of a former first lady’s staff, shows us just how much our nation’s first ladies have accomplished from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton

First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001

The first woman in American history to be nominated by a major party, Clinton is also a former secretary of state.

Personal:
Birth date: October 26, 1947
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Hillary Diane Rodham
Father: Hugh Rodham, a businessman
Mother: Dorothy (Howell) Rodham
Marriage: Bill Clinton (October 11, 1975-present)
Children: Chelsea
Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1969; Yale University Law School, J.D., 1973
Religion: Methodist
Other Facts:
Hillary and Bill Clinton met in the Yale Law Library in the early 1970s.
The first former First Lady to be elected to the US Senate and to hold a federal cabinet-level position.
Timeline:
1964 – Works on the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.
1968 – Switches to the Democratic Party and campaigns for Eugene McCarthy.
1970 – Works as a summer intern for civil rights lawyer Marian Wright Edelman.
1973-1974 – Works as an attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund.
January 1974 – Begins working for John Doar, the special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, who is in charge of the inquiry in to the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
August 1974 – Moves to Arkansas to teach at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1974-1977 – Director of Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1974-1977 and 1979-1980 – Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
1976-1992 – Attorney at Rose Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas. Is named partner in 1979.
1978 –President Jimmy Carter appoints Clinton to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp., an organization that provides federal funds to legal-aid bureaus throughout the United States.
1978 – Bill Clinton is elected governor of Arkansas. Hillary Clinton continues to work at Rose Law Firm, making her the first First Lady of Arkansas to continue working while her husband is governor.
1979 – Governor Clinton appoints her chairperson of the Rural Health Advisory Committee, whose members deal with the issue of providing health care in isolated areas.
1979 – The Whitewater Development Corp. is formed by the Clintons and James and Susan McDougal.
1980 – Governor Clinton loses the 1980 gubernatorial election. He returns to office in 1982, and is re-elected in 1984, 1986, and 1990.
1983 – Governor Clinton appoints his wife to head the Arkansas Education Standards Committee.
1988 and 1991 – Hillary Clinton is named one of the 100 most influential US lawyers by the National Law Journal.
1992 – Bill Clinton is elected president.
January 1993 – The president names Clinton to lead the Task Force on National Health Care Reform.
September 28, 1993 – Testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of President Clinton’s health care package. The health care reform bill is later defeated by Congress.
February 6, 2000 Announces her candidacy for the US Senate.
May 16, 2000 –Accepts the nomination of the New York State Democratic Party for the US Senate.
November 7, 2000 – Is elected to the US Senate with 56% of the vote.
February 13, 2001 – Makes her first address on the floor of the Senate.
June 9, 2003 – Releases her memoir, “Living History.” The book sells over 200,000 copies on its first day of release.
November 7, 2006 – Clinton is re-elected for a second term.
January 20, 2007 – Announces she is creating an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race.
January 8, 2008 – Wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 39% of the vote.
June 7, 2008 – Suspends her presidential campaign and endorses Barack Obama.
January 21, 2009 – Is confirmed as secretary of state.
February 1, 2013Resigns as secretary of state.
March 18, 2013 – Clinton announces that she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples. In the 2008 presidential primaries she supported civil unions and partner benefits, but not same-sex marriage.
April 12, 2015 – Clinton officially announces a second bid for the White House. The initial word comes in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly minted Facebook page. Shortly after declaring her candidacy for president, she resigns from the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s board of directors, according to foundation officials.
July 22, 2016 – Names US Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.
July 26, 2016 – Officially becomes the Democratic Party nominee for President.
November 8, 2016 Loses her bid to become the first woman president of the United States.
 

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