The Daughter of Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham, whom he met at Yale, on October 11, 1975. His first significant political post was as Attorney General of Arkansas from 1977-1979; subsequently, he served as governor of Arkansas from 1979-1981 and 1983-1992.

Clinton’s handling of a succession of foreign policy problems received mixed assessments, and his reputation was tarnished by sexual misconduct scandals and impeachment in 1998.

When an extramarital affair between the then-president and White House staffer Monica Lewinsky was revealed in 1998, the couple’s relationship hit an all-time low.

This article uncovers how Hillary and Bill got through the odds and raised their only child, Chelsea.

Chelsea Victoria Clinton

Portrait of Chelsea Clinton

Personal Life

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s only daughter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on February 27, 1980, when her father was governor. She went to Little Rock public schools and was encouraged to be politically engaged and socially concerned. She began reading newspapers when she was four years old.

She addressed a letter to then-President Ronald Reagan when she was five years old, pleading with him not to visit a military cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, where Waffen-SS members were interred. Chelsea’s instructors described her as “precocious,” but not in a positive manner, and her parents agreed.

Chelsea Clinton has probably never been subjected to as much public scrutiny — and criticism — as any other presidential kid. She was characterized as a regular twelve-year-old girl who “likes ballet and plays a good third base in softball, eats macaroni and cheese and broccoli, and smiles and dotes on her father” after being elected president in 1993. Her parents requested that the media keep away from their daughter, but only half of their request was followed. Saturday Night Live, for example, aired a skit mocking her appearance and awkwardness.

When Chelsea began attending the elite Sidwell Friends School in 1993, opponents instantly accused her parents of elitism, and eagle-eyed reporters scoured the White House for details on her numerous visits, including birthday parties. Children asked whether they would swap places with her primarily responded no, citing one respondent’s statement that “I don’t believe I could face the public attention.”

The pressure would only mount when her president was embroiled in sexual misconduct allegations and impeachment shortly after Chelsea Clinton graduated from Sidwell in 1997. Despite opposition from the Clinton family and some press members, People magazine published a cover story titled “Grace Under Fire” in February 1999 that looked at how Bill Clinton’s family was managing the controversies. Her decision to attend Stanford University, where she majored in history, was also questioned. Chelsea went on to get a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in international affairs from Oxford University.

Since then, Chelsea Clinton has maintained an active public life, working for her mother’s 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns, despite her father’s efforts to keep her out of the spotlight during his administration. She has worked on behalf of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and has promoted several national and international organizations. Chelsea has also written several books for children and adults, served as a special reporter for NBC, and authored several books for children and adults.

Marc Mezvinsky, with whom she has three children, married in 2010, and they have three children together. Chelsea Clinton has attempted to keep the moral high ground throughout.

Career

Chelsea began her career in New York City with McKinsey & Company in 2003, when she was considered the youngest person in her class to be hired. She was a three-year employee of the firm.

She joined the global investment business ‘Avenue Capital Group’ in late 2006 but resigned a year later to assist on her mother’s 2008 presidential candidacy campaign.

She helped her mother’s campaign by speaking at universities around the country, addressing audience questions, and presenting her mother at the 2008 ‘Democratic National Convention.’

Chelsea chose to broaden her horizons and search for other professional opportunities after her mother failed to win the ‘Democratic’ presidential nomination bid in 2008.

She earned her Ph.D. in international relations from the ‘University of Oxford’ in 2014.

Chelsea led the Clinton Foundation’s objective of increasing access to public health and childhood education programs and focusing on women’s and girls’ empowerment.

She returned to the campaign trail in 2016 to support her mother. Chelsea introduced her mother to the delegates before her mother’s victory speech after securing the ‘Democratic’ presidential nomination.

She is now vice-chair of the ‘Clinton Foundation,’ directing the ‘No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.’

She also pays attention to the ‘Clinton Health Access Initiative’ and the ‘Alliance for a Healthier Generation.’ She’s also on the boards of the ‘School of American Ballet,’ the ‘Africa Center,’ InterActiveCorp (IAC), Expedia, Clover Health, and Weill Cornell Medical College.’

She also co-chairs the Of Many Institute at New York University and teaches at Columbia University’s ‘Mailman School of Public Health.’

Major accomplishments

Chelsea published her first book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!” in September 2015. The book was written for kids in grades 10 through 14 and gave information on various social topics.

Chelsea and Devi Sridhar co-authored the book Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? released in January 2017. ‘She Persisted,’ a children’s book, was released in May 2017.