As the wife of the 42nd president and Democratic senator
of New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton has set her sights on
moving back into the White House -- this time as the country's
first woman president.
In March 2007, Clinton's campaign launched an initiative
to mobilize woman voters and help break what she called
the "hardest and highest of all glass ceilings."
Her name recognition began as the first lady when her husband
former President Clinton held office from 1993 to 2001.
During his term, Hillary Clinton focused on children, families
and women's rights. She led an unsuccessful attempt for
universal health care but helped craft a health insurance
program for children.
In 2000, she ran successfully for New York's U.S. Senate
seat and was easily re-elected in 2006.
She has used her position on the Senate Armed Services
Committee to question the Bush administration's foreign
policy and has called for a cap on troops levels in Iraq.
But despite pushes from antiwar activists, Clinton has refused
to renounce her 2002 vote to authorize the war in Iraq.
After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton was a staff
attorney for the Children's Defense Fund and served on the
impeachment inquiry staff advising the House Judiciary Committee
during the Watergate scandal.