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10 interesting facts you need to know about Hillary Clinton
Just a couple of months are now left for the United States Of America to go for Presidential elections. A tough fight between the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump seems to be lying ahead. After winning the Democratic nomination as the US presidential candidate, Clinton has become the first woman ever to do so for a significant US political party.

But, her achievement wasn't celebrated by a few young Democrats who feel that she is just an establishment figure who is hungry for power. In fact, they had wished for the more left-leaning Bernie Sanders to confront Donald Trump and not Hillary. One of the reasons might be Hillary's past record of having lived in the White House while she was the first lady.

You must be aware of the fact that her husband Bill Clinton held the US president's chair from 1993 to 2001. However, here are some other interesting facts about the woman of substance, the former secretary of state, two-term senator, 2008 presidential candidate and, of course the former first lady Hillary Clinton that haven't been highlighted much:

1. She was rejected by NASA and later refused entry into the Marines

Born to a strongly devoted conservative father, Hillary Clinton was brought up in Illinois. Largely inspired by her mother, she faced many crucial rejections in her early life. She was broken at a point of time when NASA put it bluntly across to her that it does not accept women as astronauts.

Well, this was not the only time she faced rejection. Fifteen years later, in 1975, Clinton was again rejected over gender when she tried to join the Marines. "You're too old, you can't see, and you're a woman," the recruiter allegedly told her.

2. She met Bill Clinton in the Yale Law Library in 1970

"If you're going to keep looking at me, and I'm going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced," she told Bill. Hillary married Bill in 1975, just few days after she said 'yes' to him. The ceremony was a very private affair. The couple have a beautiful daughter named Chelsea and in 2014, Hillary, Bill and their married daughter welcomed a new Clinton into the family - baby Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

3. Hillary was associated with the Republican Party - now her rival

The outspoken and always vocal Clinton was the president of her college's young Republicans club during the first year. However, her views about the society and the way it works changed entirely during the late 1960s.

4. Clinton, an activist

Clinton was an ardent follower of the Civil Rights Act that prohibited racial discrimination and was turned into a law by Democrat president Lyndon B Johnson. She took to the streets of Boston in protest after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. Moreover, she went on to pressurize her college to accept more black students and employees.

5. Hillary witnessed Osama bin Laden's last moments on the big screen

Hillary was present with the president and other key leaders to watch the live operation to hunt down Osama bin Laden. In 2001, the al-Qaeda leader had masterminded the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

"Contrary to some news reports and what you see in the movies, we had no means to see what was happening inside the building itself. All we could do was wait for an update from the team on the ground," she had said.

6. Clinton travelled to 112 countries in just 4 years

While holding the chair of President Obama's secretary of state, Clinton travelled to more nations than anyone else holding the post previously. It was more like one new country every 2 weeks for 4 years till she held the post.

7. The Grammy winner

Hillary Clinton had bagged the Grammy award for best spoken word or non-musical album for the audio version of her book 'It Takes A Village', in 1997.

8. What keeps her busy currently

Apart from commanding a speaking fee in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the presidential candidate also serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation. The foundation fights against HIV and AIDS in Africa. Apart from this, the foundation invested in clean energy in Haiti and has stood up for equal opportunity for women and girls across the world.

9. Her relationship with Bill was at rocks several times in life

When news broke about Bill Clinton's having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Bill-Hillary's relationship was at rocks. In fact, her relationship with her husband was tested a number of times.

"The most difficult decisions I have made in my life were to stay married to Bill and to run for the Senate from New York," writes Hillary Clinton referring to the Lewinsky affair in 'Living History,' - her autobiography.

10. A lawyer-turned-politician

Before she entered politics, Clinton was a lawyer. In fact, she was a part of the impeachment inquiry that led Richard Nixon to resign after the infamous Watergate scandal of the 1970s. The scandal was so big that people still add 'gate' to almost all crucial political mistakes or crisis.

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