Hillary Clinton set our hearts and minds abuzz this week as she wrapped up her time as Secretary of State to take what is expected to be a brief hiatus from the world stage. A modern-day Eleanor Roosevelt, Clinton has inspired more than a few important lessons about life, the world we live in, and the promise of open possibilities.
1. Women Can and Will Be President
What does a President look like? In the 21st century, our politics are evolving to match our realities. And the reality of this country is that women make up half of the American dream. A nation that can elect its first (two-term!) black President, can -- and will -- elect its first woman President soon.
2. There’s No Such Thing as Losing
When it comes to female leaders, no one looks as Presidential as Hillary Clinton, who in a few short years went from running in a primary to running the world as Secretary of State. The only real losses in life are the gambles not made, the chances not taken. Hillary has made a career of being brave and fearless and is an inspiration to millions.
3. Some Days Are Scrunchy Days
Running the world can get a little rough and tumble sometimes. And when the going gets tough, the tough put their hair back, chin up, and get their game face on. Because when you are jet-setting to 112 nations or winning Olympic gold, who cares what your hair looks like? Beauty radiates from strength and heart.
4. It's OK to Be Completely, Unapologetically Awesome
Hillary gives you permission by embracing her own personal brand of awesomeness. In 2012, Hillary gave us a lot of reasons to love her, including her infamous "Hillary is not impressed" expression as she texted world leaders. She gained even more fans by responding to her own adoring Tumblr meme and signing off on it as "Hillz."
5. Women and Girls Are Global Game-Changers
Hillary is not content with shaping the course of American history. As Secretary of State, she has made uplifting women and girls around the globe her mission. She has spread the message that women and girls are powerful agents of change -- and when women and girls are freer, we are all freer.