Hillary Clinton was elected president for the first time in 1968. At the time she was a student, her surname wasn’t yet Clinton but Rodham, and she presided only over her university’s student body.
Yet she was already showing the qualities that would later pave her way into the halls of power: a combative spirit, determination and strong leadership skills.
Four years at Wellesley College, a small elite women’s liberal-arts school near Boston, carved a left-wing liberal civil rights activist out of a young Republican, who had actively campaigned for the arch-conservative U.S. presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. It was a time of unrest and riots. In the fight for racial justice, tensions between white and black communities had exploded; protests against the Vietnam War had escalated. American was divided, confused and a new generation was loudly demanding their views be heard.