The Women in Time’s Most Influential List 2011: Hillary Clinton

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So Hillary Clinton – this is another person I am pretty sure most people have heard of, but let’s look into her background anyways and examine my thoughts on whether or not she’s influential.

  • She is the current Secretary of State.
  • She’s served in a variety of political positions, from First Lady to Senator and so on.
  • She was liked by a majority of Americans for the majority of her time in politics – at least according to poll data.
  • In 2011 as Secretary of State she
    • was the face of the US response to the Arab Spring.
    • was majorly responsible for the decision not to release photos of Osama Bin Laden’s dead body.
    • visited Burma/Myanmar (which was a major move as it had been more than 50 years since the US Secretary of State had visited the country).
    •  continued to work on her goal of empowering women worldwide.
  • She recently announced she is leaving politics.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_crop.jpg

Is she influential? I may not agree with her on every issue, but I definitely think she has been very influential in her political career. She’s held several positions that are just full of influence – First Lady, Senator of New York, Secretary of State. I think in 2011 because she was Secretary of State she was especially influential since the Secretary of State is often our spokesperson to the world and because she was really the face of the response to Arab Spring – a major event that I am positive 2011 will be remembered for in years to come. However, all that being said, I don’t think her influence will continue after she leaves politics. Many politicians’ influence trickles away pretty quickly after they leave politics. So what do you think? Is Hillary Clinton influential? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 

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Other influential women from Time’s Most Influential List 2011 that I profiled include Major General Margaret Woodward, Maria Bashir, Mia Wasikowska, Esther Duflo, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively, Kate Middleton, Michele Bachmann, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Dilma Rousseff, Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Aung San Suu Kyi, Kim Clijisters, Jennifer Egan, Amy Chua, Angela Merkel, Lisa Jackson, and Amy Poehler.

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