Long before Hillary Clinton delighted (and upset) many by becoming the first female presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party, 21-year-old Hillary Rodham was impressing her classmates and professors. When it came time for the commencement speech during the 1969 Wellesley College graduation ceremony, the well-educated young women did not suffer through a mundane speech from some old fogey. The person addressing the graduates was none other than their own classmate, Hillary.
Hillary was the first student to ever have the honor of giving the commencement address at the women's college, clips of which Wellesley is now releasing online. She did a decent job, to say the least. Listen/watch to this snippet of the speech from Wellesley if only to hear and see how Hillary has changed since becoming a a famous figure.
Clinton could just copy and paste some of this speech for re-use today.
We’ve had lots of empathy; we’ve had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long that our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible, and the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.
Some of her phrases need to be put onto a feminist button ASAP.
Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have time for it. Not now.
If you enjoyed that blast from the past, here are some more throwbacks, provided by the woman herself on Instagram.
Rockin' that stylish grandma look for decades.