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“It is like any challenge,” she goes on, her tone brightening. “You just keep at it, take it piece by piece, seize the ground you can, hang onto it, and then move forward a little bit more.” She pauses. “And we are heading for higher ground.”
Hillary Clinton may be living her finest hours. She is proof positive that ‘election’ whether by appointment or vote, isn’t necessary for an Alaka‘i Manager to be effective: They will lead wherever they work — and it will be their Ho‘ohana work they lead with.
The article cites her Hillary Doctrine as “her most heartfelt mission: to put women and girls at the forefront of the new world order.” Doctrine is a meaningful word: It is creed, credo, dogma, belief, teaching, ideology; tenet, maxim, canon, principle, precept. All born of innate values, ready and waiting for the stage you set for them.
It is hardly the life the former first lady and senator from New York envisioned. Indeed, she can fairly be described as the surprise secretary of state, the country’s first formidable female presidential candidate who had made clear her desire to shed the supporting roles of her past. When Barack Obama approached her about assuming the post, it was clear what he got out of the deal: an opportunity to reinforce his “change the tone” pledge by offering a choice role to his one-time competitor, and the credibility, gravitas—and gender balance—her appointment conferred. Less obvious at the time was what she might hope to accomplish. A sense of duty and a want of appealing alternatives may have led her to Foggy Bottom, but Clinton has turned the job into what may well be the role of her lifetime: advocate in chief for women worldwide.