Last night, Hillary Rodham Clinton officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first woman to do so in US history.
The four-night run up to her speech at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, videos and speeches (including one made by her husband and former president Bill Clinton) was filled with references to the past, and in particular to Wellesley College. Clinton entered the all-women’s school in Massachusetts as a Republican, and spent four formative years as a politically active student leader. By 1968, she had switched camps to support the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Eugene McCarthy, and later the 1972 campaign of Democratic candidate George McGovern.
Here, in pictures provided by Wellesley College, are the Democratic’s presidential candidate’s earliest appearances as a young politician and activist.