20 Ways Hillary Clinton Has Made America Great

From four decades of firsts, from Wellesley graduate to presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton has done a lot to move America forward. Here are 20 material accomplishments by Clinton across her political career:


1. 1971: Exposed subhuman conditions of migrant worker camps in Florida for Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale’s subcommittee on Migratory Labor

2. 1972: Went undercover to desegregate Southern schools while working at the Children’s Defense Fund

3. 1973: Championed criminal justice reform with the Children’s Defense Fund, which led to an effort to separate and increase protection of juvenile offenders in South Carolina.

4. 1974: Investigated Nixon as a member of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff and was instrumental in crafting an impeachment process. Clinton served on the committee until it was disbanded after Nixon resigned.

5. 1975: Founded the University of Arkansas School of Law Legal aid clinic

6. 1976: Brought legal representation to inmates at the Cummins Prison Farm (now known as the Cummins Unit) in Arkansas.

7. 1977: Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which paved the way for juvenile justice, preschool programs and affordable health coverage for middle- and low-income families.

8. 1987: Pushed Walmart to set up an environmental advisory group, whose innovation greatly inspired the corporation’s current sustainability practices.

9. 1988: Created Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth (HIPPY USA) to promote the progress of the Hippy Program in the United States, which currently serves tens of thousands of families.

10. 1992: Played a key role in electing Bill Clinton, who created more jobs than any other president, during both terms in office. 

11. 1993: Led a nationwide health care reform effort, which ultimately paved the way for Obamacare.

12. 1995: Coined the phrase "Women's rights are human rights," through her widely publicized U.N. speech in Beijing, China. 

13. 1997: Lobbied the U.S. Congress in support of legislation that allows any parent to subsidize adoptions of high-risk or hard-to-place orphans through the Federal Adoption Assistance Program. 

14. 2001: Secured $20 billion from the Bush administration to rebuild downtown New York after the 9/11 attacks. 

15. 2003: Introduced legislation that was enacted to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to include reservoir systems, which then delivered over a billion gallons of water daily.

16: 2005: Led effort to save 9/11 first responder funds, $125 million, which would have been eliminated under President Bush's 2006 budget. 

17. 2006: Connected upstate farmers to larger urban markets through a Farm-to-Fork initiative.

18. 2007: Pushed for increased oversight of banks early on in the financial crisis—a key point in her 2008 campaign. 

19. 2010: Enacted a new passport policy that allowed transgender people to use only a doctor's note to change their status.

20. 2012: Addressed Iran on the nuclear issue, three years before the Iran deal, when she dispatched State Dept. staff to lead the first of a series of one-on-one talks.

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