Hillary Clinton recently turned 66 and in her honour, we’re sharing 15 endearing facts we love about the former First Lady of the United States.
In fact, Huffington Post posted 65 fast facts about Hillary when she turned 65 last year.
Here’s our top 15.
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. She was one of 27 women in a class of 235 at Yale Law.
3. 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.”’
4. 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.”
6.She rode out the Lewinsky scandal. We’re not sure if her decision to stay with Bill makes her very loyal, very calculating or both — but she emerged with her dignity and privacy mostly intact.
7. She responds to insults with humor. Tucker Carlson, co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” claimed that he would eat his “shoes [and] tie” if “Living History” sold one million copies. According to the New York Times, Clinton dropped by the “Crossfire” set with a giant brown shoe made of chocolate cake and a signed copy of her memoir for Carlson after the book sold over a million copies in its first month. Pure class.
8. She’s unafraid to leave the house without makeup. After an image of Hillary going “au naturel” went viral, she told CNN: “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now. Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I’m pulling my hair back. You know at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change.”
9. She called out a reporter for asking sexist questions. When a reporter asked about her taste in clothing designers, Hillary responded, “Would you ever ask a man that question?”
10. She made the first move. Hillary told ABC News how she met Bill “He was looking at me, and I was looking at him. And I finally thought this was ridiculous, because every time I saw him on campus I just couldn’t take my eyes off of him, and he was always watching me. So I put my books down, I walked out, and I said, ‘You know, if you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to keep looking back, we should know each other. I’m Hillary Rodham.'”
11. She’s the 2nd most powerful woman and 16th most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes.
12. She’s unwilling to sit on the sidelines. She dared to participate in politics as First Lady with the proposal of her health plan. She kept working after her husband became the governor of Arkansas. When her First Lady days were over, she ran for the Senate — and won.
13. She loses gracefully. After losing to Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Hillary stated that she was “proud” and “excited” to join his team as the Secretary of State.
14. She rebounds from failure. Her healthcare plan was rejected, but she went on to become a U.S. senator. She lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama, but she became the Secretary of State.
15. She’s not perfect — and she learns from her mistakes. When she told Ted Koppel in 1992, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life,” she angered many stay-at-home mothers. By 2008, she had learned to acknowledge the value of homemakers’ work.
For the full list, visit Huffington Post.