One of our all-time favorite women is celebrating her birthday today: Hillary Rodham Clinton is turning 66.
For her last birthday we created a list of 65 things we love about Hillz, from her snappy responses to reporters to the time she worked her way across Alaska. This year, in honor of Hillary's 66th, we've rounded up six of the best things she said in 2013. (And trust us, it was hard to choose just six.):
1. On why women are important:
When women participate in politics it ripples out to the entire society… Women are the world’s most underused resource.
2. On running for President in 2016:
I’m both pragmatic and realistic. I think I have a pretty good idea of the political and governmental challenges that are facing our leaders, and I’ll do whatever I can from whatever position I find myself in to advocate for the values and the policies I think are right for the country. I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other.
3. On her plans after stepping down as Secretary of State:
I have been on this high wire for twenty years, and I was really yearning to just have more control over my time and my life, spend a lot of that time with my family and my friends, do things that I find relaxing and enjoyable, and return to the work that I had done for most of my life.
4. On the glass ceiling:
I'm very conscious of how important it is for us to shatter that glass ceiling in my country. A country that has done so much for so many women and really has set the standard for women's rights and responsibilities, and I do want to see that glass ceiling shattered.
5. On how she faces the day:
I’m somebody who gets up every day and says, ‘What am I going to do today, and how am I going to do it?’ I think it moves me toward some outcome I’m hoping for and also has some, you know, some joy attached to it.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 14, 2013
6. On whether her mother would be proud of her:
One of the great things about my mother is she really valued people's character more than what they did. She was proud of me, proud of my husband, certainly, but she kept herself engaged in part by really relating to people, all kinds of people, and I would like to think she would think I have done a good job but that I have also kept trying to be a good person. That was her real standard for us and for people that she knew and cared about.
We can't wait to hear what wisdom she'll dispel in 2014.