By Katherine Segovia, Trending Writer
Hillary Clinton has served as secretary of state, U.S. Senator of New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, and an activist for children’s and women’s rights. On July 26th, Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election and also the first female presidential nominee for a major political party. Shortly after the consensus was reached at the Democratic National Convention, Clinton addressed the convention.
“What an incredible honor that you have given me, and I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Clinton said.
In 1995, Clinton spoke to the United Nations Fourth World Congress in Beijing and boldly stated that, “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” 22 years later, Clinton continues to fight for women’s rights— especially women’s reproductive rights. She also wants to close the pay gap and promote equal rights for men and women, especially in the workplace.
On her website, Clinton is described as a “changemaker who’s spent her career fighting for families.” Her accomplishments in no way negate this claim. In her effort to strengthen the middle class and support families, Clinton plans to increase the minimum wage and ensure that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. She will also work toward debt-free college along with tuition-free public college by 2021, as is outlined on her website. Improving the Affordable Care Act is also in her plans to strengthen the middle class. Instead of completely repealing the Affordable Care Act, Clinton intends to expand on the policy and reduce out-of-pocket costs. In this way, she will ensure that all Americans are covered by affordable health insurance.
One of the most urgent issues of our time is climate change. In 2009, Clinton vowed to never “force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change.” Instead, she will tackle the issue head-on by proposing a $6 billion Clean Energy Challenge, which will cut pollution and expand clean energy. This will cut energy waste and provide a cleaner planet for generations to come.
In June 2016, Clinton discussed her fight to get unaccountable money out of politics. She said she will “fight hard to end the stranglehold that the wealthy and special interests have on so much of our government.” As president, Clinton aims to overturn Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that allowed for millions of dollars from corporations and special-interest to finance campaigns.
After losing the democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton never stopped fighting, never failed to give it her all. The message she continues to send to Americans has always been one of perseverance, hard work and determination.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.
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