Hillary Rodham Clinton made history Wednesday as the first woman Senator from New York and the only First Lady ever to win public office. After being sworn in as New York’s junior Senator by Vice President Al Gore, Clinton pledged to continue the Democratic policies of her husband. President Clinton jokingly thanked New Yorkers for absolving him of his 30-year guilt for having cost his wife a political career.
Senator Clinton is pro-choice, in favor of gun control, a living wage, a Patient’s Bill of Rights, campaign finance reform, and protection of Social Security. Clinton's election contributes to a critical mass of pro-choice feminists in the Senate, including 12 of the 13 woman Senators. Leading feminists attended Clinton's swearing-in, including Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation board member Peg Yorkin, Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt, NARAL's Kate Michaelman, and Ellen Malcolm of Emily's List.