Hillary Clinton has lived a life full of ups and downs. She started out being known as the wife of a president to eventually being a political figure of her own. In 2016, she also became the Democratic party’s candidate for the presidency.
It’s clear that in her 71 years old living, there have been a lot of challenges thrown at Clinton and many decisions she had to make. Recently, she revealed which action she took has been the ‘gutsiest’ one in her life by far, and it might not be what you expect.
What Hillary Clinton has accomplished throughout her life
Clinton grew up in an era where women were not expected to pursue professional careers outside of being housewives. However, Clinton was a hardworking and ambitious kid growing up. She ended up attending Wellesley College and went on to get a law degree from Yale University in 1973.
After graduating, Clinton held various jobs. She worked for the Children’s Defense Fund as well as campaigned for various politicians. Clinton was also a member of a team advising the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives during the Watergate Scandal.
She married Bill Clinton in 1975. After her husband was elected as the Governor of Arkansas in 1979, Hillary Clinton became the First Lady — a position she would hold for more than 10 years. She used her platform to tirelessly advocate for women and children across the country.
Clinton became the First Lady of the United States in 1993 and continued to work for causes related to women and children. For example, she created the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act.
In 2000, Clinton became the first female senator from New York. Eight years later, she decided to run for president, though she lost the Democratic primaries to Barack Obama. However, she ended up joining Obama’s administration as the Secretary of State.
In 2016, she tried to run for president again and became the Democratic party’s nomination. Clinton won the popular vote during the election, though she lost to Donald Trump in the Electoral College.
Hillary Clinton’s ‘gutsiest’ decision was staying with her husband
Despite the fact that Clinton accomplished a lot of amazing feats throughout her career, her gutsiest decision happened in her personal life.
While Bill Clinton was president, he was accused of having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton and Lewinsky reportedly had several sexual encounters in the Oval Office, and the media went wild for stories about the illicit relationship.
Hillary Clinton wrote in her 2003 memoir, Living History, that she was “dumbfounded, heartbroken and outraged” when she learned of her husband’s affair. However, she chose to stay with him.
“I loved Bill and I realized how much I cherished the years we had spent together,” Clinton wrote. “I knew that I could not have parented Chelsea alone as well as we had together.”
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Clinton shared that choosing to stay with her husband after the scandal was the “gutsiest thing I’ve ever done.”
Hillary Clinton has received criticism for staying with Bill Clinton
Onlookers have pointed out that, had Clinton chosen to leave her husband, she would not have been able to further her political career. In that sense, staying with Bill Clinton was a good move for her as it eventually allowed her to become a presidential candidate.
However, the “gutsy” decision did not come without criticism. Hillary Clinton is known for standing up in the name of women’s empowerment, though she has been criticized multiple times for defending her husband whenever he faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
She often talks a lot about Donald Trump’s allegations, but shies away from calling out Bill Clinton for inappropriate behavior, even in the midst of the #MeToo movement.