what happened by hillary rodham clinton

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Being a dual US/Australian citizen who has only ever lived in Australia, I only just began to pay attention to US politics a few years ago. I do not yet consider myself informed enough yet to make educated judgments on US politics and policies, however, one of my goals this year is to improve on this - to increase my knowledge in these affairs in order to be able to get involved in what really matters toward the safety and evolution of our society, and spread the word to others.

I began the year reading What Happens by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. A memoir of her experiences during the 2016 election, I was pleasantly surprised by Clinton’s passion and eloquence throughout, and am inspired to read more of her works!

Due to the current social and political climate, I consider this book a must-read for anyone of any demographic. However, if you choose not to, please at least read the chapter called ‘Sisterhood’. It is possibly the best ~140 pages I have ever read about being a woman in a world led by men, and made me feel incredibly infuriated, yet proud and driven all at the same time.

There is indeed so much I have to say about this book, and I feel like I want to read it again to properly collect my thoughts before I write something longer. However, I will leave you with a bit of inspiration from this notable quote from the last page of the book. It is by Tala Nashawati, a 2017 alum of Wellesley College, who said to her fellow class, “You are rare and unique. Let yourself be flawed. Go proudly and confidently into the world with your blinding hues to show everyone who’s boss and break every glass ceiling that still remains.”

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