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Updated on November 1, 2016

Diplomat & Advocate of Women's Rights

This blog will focus on Hillary Clinton the person and her work as a diplomat and advocate of women's rights worldwide and in India. This is an aspect of Hillary which I think has been missing throughout her campaign for the Presidency of the United States. As Hillary says, "Women's rights are human rights."

Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Rodham Clinton was born of more modest circumstances. She had a birthday recently and was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois. Her father, Hugh Rodham, started a small draperies business. Her mother, Dorothy, was raised by her grandmother and had a very challenging childhood.

Hillary is a very intelligent individual and attended Yale Law School on a scholarship. This is where she met Bill Clinton. They married eventually and she became the First Lady when Bill Clinton was elected the Governor of Arkansas. She worked as a lawyer advocating for the rights of children. In 1993 she again assumed the role of First Lady when Bill Clinton was sworn in as President of the United States. She helped institute a state children's health care insurance program as First Lady. She travelled extensively doing diplomacy worldwide. She focused on the advocacy of rights of women and girls worldwide, like Michelle Obama, our current First Lady. In 1995 she published her famous book, It Takes a Village. In 2000 she was elected New York United States Senator. She fought hard to institute a law on compensation to families affected by 9/11 and the businesses owners and health care firefighters on the front lines of the 9/11 Twin Towers' Incident. She also passed legislation helping Gulf War Vets who had experienced environmental exposures in the war. She worked on legislation which helped minority communities hit by environmental exposures. People seem to forget her focus on environmental concerns, but she was a big advocate of those effected by environmental exposures.

She ran on the Democratic party ticket in the primaries against Obama in 2008. Later President Obama appointed her to be the Secretary of State and Congress approved of her appointment. She instituted the Office of Global Women's Issues as part of the State Department. This was truly an innovation which continues to this very day under the Obama Administration. This was the first time in the history of our country where there was a focus on the rights of women and girls in the State Department. The countries we had diplomatic relationships with were encouraged to promote the rights of women and girls. She started the International Council on Women's Business Leadership as Secretary of State. She worked on the rape problem in the Congo and instituted funds for training doctors, for providing police training and for empowering women who were survivors of domestic violence. She communicated with the government of the Congo about this very serious problem. She also started the Global Health Initiative which helped poor nations with women's health concerns and with HIV/AIDS. She initiated programs to improve women rights and health worldwide.

She advocated for women who were being threatened by governments. She saved the lives of numerous women who would have been killed by these governments. Anabella DeLeon of Guatemala was one of the many women who advocated for. Ms. DeLeon said, "I'm alive because she came to my village, put her arm around me and had a photograph taken together. I'm alive because she went to our local TV and talked about my work, and now they're afraid to kill me. I'm alive because she came to my country and talked to our leaders, because I heard her speak, because I read about her."

When she was in India she went to Chennai to discuss the importance of cleaner stoves and cooking methods. She met Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan, an environmental health expert, and inventors and manufacturers, Prakti, Enviro Fit, Clean Energy and Teri, who developed more environmental cook stoves. Various stoves were demonstrated including traditional wood and coal stoves. These stoves are responsible for the yearly deaths of 500,000 women and children in India. Dr. Kalpana said that that the more environmental stoves cut air pollution by 50%. The State Department provided $50 million to institute the cleaner cook stoves in numerous developing countries. She also advocated for Teach India Program which promotes future Indian leaders and college graduates to teach for two years in the low income area of India. Aamir Khan, a Bollywood star, supported this program in India along with Hillary.

Hillary attended Wellesley College before attending Harvard Law School. She was the valedictorian of the class. One of her goddesses in her astrological chart is Vesta who is connected with devotion and scholarship. It's also one of own goddesses in my own astrological chart. The House of Education is in my Mid-Heaven of my chart. You can see in her work she is known as an excellent researcher. Another important goddess in her chart is Ceres, the goddess of abundance, the Earth and health. She has worked extensively in all these areas. My own sun sign is in Ceres. I have also been an advocate for health and the environment for a very long time. Palllas Athena is another goddess in her chart and it is connected with politics. It is interesting that I also have this goddess in my chart. History was one of my majors in college. Hillary started out in law and branched out into the political sphere. Goddesses are important in any woman's chart, but very important in Hillary's chart.

On November 8th the United States will having an election on various levels including the Presidency. You can vote from 7 am to 8 p.m. Contact your Secretary of State Office or your own political party to find out your polling place. Women achieved the vote in 1920 and it's a very important right to use in achieving our rights as women. We work inside and outside the home, so voting is very important to our well being. If Hillary succeeds in her goal to be elected our next President, she will be our first female President. I wish her the best in life and hope she will be successful as our next President.




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