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SHE CAN STAND UP TO ANYONE
Clinton shared this elementary school-era picture with a caption lifted from her 2003 memoir, Living History, in which she described how she was dubbed a "tomboy" in her childhood and was her fifth-grade teacher's go-to when it came to wrangling her classmates. "My fifth-grade class had the school's most incorrigible boys, and when Mrs. Krause left the room, she would ask me or one of the other girls to 'be in charge,' " Clinton recalled. "As soon as the door closed behind her, the boys would start acting up and causing trouble, mostly because they wanted to aggravate the girls. I got a reputation for being able to stand up to them."
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SHE'S A SELF-PROCLAIMED 'NERD'
Fun fact about high school Hillary? She was a member of the It's Academic team (no wonder she ended up at Wellesley!). However, as she noted, she was "making being a nerd look cool" – and with her bob and simple black tank, she really did.
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SHE WAS PRETTY CHIC
Long before she was sporting pantsuits on the reg, Hillary was rocking all sorts of styles – including a wide-brimmed hat, high-waisted pants and a floppy wool coat.
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BILL WORE SHORT SHORTS
But let's cut the man some slack – it was the '70s, after all!
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THE DRESS SHE WORE TO CHELSEA'S WEDDING PAID HOMAGE TO HER MOTHER
For Chelsea's 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, Hillary wore a floral-print pink-and-purple dress. Several years later, in this multigenerational Insta, she shared a snap of her mother on her own wedding day, wearing a dress in the same hues.
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SHE AND BILL WERE HIPPIES …
… or at least, hip to the trends of the '70s. The evidence is all in this photo: Hillary rocks a middle part and rounded specs, while Bill's got facial hair and a set of waves to rival Princess Kate.
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SHE REMEMBERS HER ROOTS
Clinton captioned this way-back-when photo "From Park Ridge to New York City." And regardless of your feelings about the presidential candidate, it's a nice sentiment: No matter where she goes – even to the White House – she'll always remember home.
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SHE WASN'T AFRAID TO BREAK THE RULES
In her 2015 interview with Lena Dunham, Clinton shared the memories behind a few more throwback shots, including this photo of her posing at one of her "favorite places in college," a lake on campus where she'd (illegally!) take a dip once in a while.
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SHE LOVES A GOOD DEBATE
At Wellesley in the late '60s, Hillary and her friends would often debate the happenings of the day – the Vietnam War, civil rights, women's rights, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, for example. "We were talking here, as I recall, about what we needed to do to really address racism amongst us, which was something that people didn't want to necessarily believe, but we had to recognize we were part of a larger society," she told Dunham. "We had to do our part."
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SHE TRULY SUPPORTS WOMEN
In the interview, Clinton proudly declared what we already knew to be true: she's a feminist. And back in her college days, she was working on behalf of her Wellesley classmates. In this photo, Clinton's at a rally to end the limited visiting hours for men on campus. "These were people who really knew what they wanted," she said. "We were vigorously contesting the administration that wanted to keep doing things the way they had done them for a hundred years."
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SHE DOESN'T ONLY WEAR PANTSUITS
In this photo from her White House years, 1993 to be exact, Clinton dons a "cold-shoulder dress" from Donna Karan. She admitted it's one of her favorites, despite the controversy it caused at the time. "I wore this, and a lot of the political pundits [said]: 'What is the meaning of this?' " Clinton recalled. "I thought it would be fun! You've got to still have fun in all of these different roles that you're in or I'm in or anybody is in their life."
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