- NAME: Kirsten Gillibrand
- OCCUPATION: Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: December 09, 1966 (Age: 46)
- EDUCATION: Dartmouth University, University of California, Los Angeles
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Albany, New York
- Full Name: Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand
- AKA: Kirsten Gillibrand
- Maiden Name: Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik
- AKA: Kirsten Rutnik
- AKA: Kirsten Rutnik Gillibrand
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Kirsten Gillibrand is a U.S. lawyer and politician from New York who's served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
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On the conservative end, during her time in the House, Gillibrand opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants and received major endorsements from the National Rifle Association. As a senator, she later softened her stance on immigration and started to favor gun control. Gillibrand is also known to favor transparency; in her "Sunlight Report," she openly publishes whom she meets with politically—a decision that has not always been welcomed by colleagues.
Up for re-election in 2012,
Gillibrand faced off against Republican Wendy Long, who had also attended Dartmouth University. Gillibrand won the race, hence retaining her senate seat.
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When the 19th Amendment was ratified, women were finally given the right to vote, and over the years many courageous women have stepped onto the national political stage as well. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress and almost a century later Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina woman to serve on the Supreme Court. And within the last two decades, the esteemable Hillary Clinton has served as First Lady, a New York senator and Secretary of State. These women, and many more, are setting the stage for the future of female leaders in Washington.
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Women and men have continued the call for full-fledged women’s rights in a number of venues, including voting access, fair treatment in the workplace and reproductive and sexual freedom. Find out more about this eclectic and electric group of global activists who include Shirin Ebadi, Coretta Scott King, Asra Nomani and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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