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Hillary Rodham at Lake Waban on the Wellesley College campus.
SCHOOL DAYS

Photos: The emerging political activism of Hillary Clinton during her Wellesley college years

By Johnny Simon

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.

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Hillary Rodham at a panel featuring candidates for Wellesley College Government President.
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Hillary Rodham attends a student rally at Wellesley College on Oct. 8, 1968.
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Hillary Rodham (center) attends a student rally at Wellesley College on Oct. 8, 1968.
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Hillary Rodham delivers the first-ever Wellesley College student commencement speech on May 31, 1969.
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Hillary Rodham at the College’s Commencement with Wellesley president Ruth M. Adams.
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Hillary Rodham at Lake Waban on the Wellesley College campus.
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Hillary Rodham at Lake Waban on Wellesley College campus.