10 Things You Don't Know About Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham ClintonJust days after President Obama's reelection, the calls have begun for Hillary Clinton for President in 2016. This week, billionaire investor Warren Buffett endorsed her for the job, saying he couldn't think of "anyone more qualified." Though we've gotten to know Clinton very well from her years in Arkansas and in the White House, through all the scandals and triumphs, there's still a lot to learn about our nation's Secretary of State, and perhaps someday, our first female President.

1. As a young woman, she described herself as a "mind conservative but a heart liberal" and served as the President of the Wellesley Young Republicans in 1965.

2. After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Clinton organized a two-day strike at Wellesley with black students and faculty to demand that more black students be admitted, and that more black faculty be hired at the college. Thus began her passion for civil rights.

3. She was the first student at Wellesley asked to give the commencement address. Following the speech she received a standing ovation of seven minutes.

4. She has long been passionate about children's rights and healthcare. After law school she took on pro-bono cases of child abuse and child custody and spent a year studying children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center.

5. According to Carl Bernstein's 2007 book, A Woman in Charge, the first time Bill proposed to Hillary, after they graduated from Yale Law School, she turned him down.

6. When Hillary did marry Bill Clinton she decided to keep her maiden name as part of her legal name, a choice that upset both of their mothers, other wedding guests . . . and, in later years, legions of Rush Limbaugh types.

7. In 1979, she was the first woman to be made partner at the law firm where she worked, and from then on, she made more money than her husband, until he became President of the United States.

8. Unbelievably, she was the first First Lady of the United States to hold a postgraduate degree. (Though Eleanor Roosevelt was awarded an honorary degree.) Laura Bush is the second First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree, and Michelle Obama the third.

9. In her autobiography, Living History, Clinton writes that daughter Chelsea's name was inspired by the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning." After hearing it, Bill Clinton remarked, "If we ever have a daughter, her name should be Chelsea."

10. Who could've guessed, but her guilty pleasure is home-improvement television shows. "Love It Or List It," a Canadian home design show where couples decide whether to redecorate their home or sell it, is her favorite. Even when she's not helping countries solve their major issues, she's still interested in design diplomacy!