Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton approaches a voter for a handshake during her appearance in Athens in 2016. She had just left the now-defunct Court Street Diner, next to the building that used to house The Athens NEWS. Photo by Terry Smith.

By Ben Peters

Athens NEWS Associate Editor

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for the presidency Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will participate in a virtual “fireside chat” on March 3 with Ohio University to promote their new book on women in leadership.

Dr. Cindy Anderson, professor of sociology and chair of the Sociology & Anthropology Department, is expected to moderate the event, which is set to coincide with women’s history month, according to a university news release. The Clintons’ book, “The Book of Gutsy Women,” released October of last year.

“This conversation about women in leadership is all the more poignant at a time when we have the first-ever woman, and woman of color, as vice president of the United States,” Dr. Gigi Secuban, OU’s vice president for diversity and inclusion, said in a statement. “A look at women leaders throughout global history reminds us that fearlessness, compassion, and civic engagement can pave the path to an inclusive and equitable future.”

The university public records office confirmed there is no cost associated with the event for either the university or attendees.

Clinton served as U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a lawyer, law professor and an activist. She also lost the 2016 election to former President Donald Trump in what many consider to be one of the greatest upsets in American history. Prior to that election, Clinton made a campaign stop at Ohio University and has visited Athens in the past on several other occasions.

During her time as first lady, in 1995, Clinton led the U.S. delegation to Beijing to attend the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, despite being told by some officials not to go.

In a speech celebrating human rights day in 2011, Clinton made the case for global LGBTQ rights to the assembled dignitaries, declaring that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” the news release said. Although, she refused to openly support same-sex marriage just a few years earlier when she lost the Democratic nomination for the presidency to then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, according to The Washington Post.

Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, is one of three presidents in American history to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. He was tried and ultimately acquitted by the U.S. Senate after having an affair in the oval office and then lying to cover it up, according to CNN.

Her daughter Chelsea is vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement around the world, according to the news release.

She’s particularly focused on promoting early brain and language development through the “Too Small to Fail” initiative, and uplifting and empowering women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses through programs like the Caribbean-focused Women in Renewable Energy Network.

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