Over a span of many decades, Hillary Clinton went from law student to first lady to almost becoming the president of the United States. She isn’t in the news nearly as much as her opponent has been since his victory — but not because she hasn’t been busy. She’s just taken a step back to help make America better in a slightly different way.
Here’s what the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state has been up to since losing to Trump — and more details about the major award Fox News said she didn’t deserve (page 7).
First, she took a break
- In the months following the election, people kept finding her doing … nothing.
You would have done the same thing after enduring a campaign like that — whether you won or lost. Multiple New Yorkers posted photos of Clinton on a hike, grocery shopping, and even enjoying a quiet breakfast (mostly) all to herself.
Next: She refuses to forget where she comes from.
Then, she continued speaking up — just not as a candidate
- She first addressed a Wellesley graduating class as a student nearly 50 years ago.
In a commencement speech to graduates of her alma mater, Clinton said: “Here’s what helped [me get through the election] most of all. Remembering who I am, where I come from, and what I believe.”
She also called out “People denying science, concocting elaborate, hurtful [conspiracy] theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors …” and so on.
Next: She showed support for women who had been wronged.
She called out Harvey Weinstein’s ‘behavior’
- Weinstein was one of Clinton’s most notable campaign donors.
Clinton’s statement read: “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”
Next: She sees social media as an opportunity to start important conversations.
She also continued using Twitter as an activist
- This tweet was part of a thread that called out white supremacy groups.
Some use Twitter to spread confusion and hate. Others use it as a jumping-off point to say — and do — more. After tweeted: “My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country.”
Next: Both of the Clintons have been busy with unexpected writing projects.
She wrote a book
- her husband also co-authored a mystery novel with James Patterson.
Clinton published “What Happened” after losing the 2016 Presidential Election to Donald Trump. The book details her thoughts and reactions to everything that occurred leading up to the loss, allowing her to tell the story from her point of view.
Next: She really wants younger people to do this.
She continued to encourage Americans to give politics a chance
- Onward Together supports organizations like Color of Change and Run for Something.
Clinton’s creation of and involvement with Onward Together provides financial and leadership support to organizations that align with its mission to “advance progressive values and work to build a brighter future for generations to come.”
Next: Harvard gave her an award — and not everyone was happy about it.
She received the Radcliffe Medal — and that’s a big deal
- Fox News ridiculed the institution for presenting her with the award.
Harvard presented Clinton with the Radcliffe Medal — honoring her for a “lifetime of public service.” Clinton has worked as a lawyer, first lady, senator, and secretary of state, in addition to her role as a Democratic nominee. Not everyone was on board with the choice.
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