This year has been an eventful one for the Clintons. September was filled with excitement for Chelsea Clinton who celebrated her daughter Charlotte’s first birthday and published her first book. Just yesterday Chelsea announced on Twitter she will be expecting her second child with husband Marc in the summer.
While her mother, Hillary Clinton, seeks the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race she’s still making time for her granddaughter, according to People. On the night of the first Democratic debate in November the Clintons experienced another first. Clinton’s granddaughter reportedly said “grandma” for the first time.
Now Chelsea seems to be following in her parents’ footsteps of, as her book titled, “It’s Your World” suggests, wanting to make a difference in society. And so far she’s doing just that.
Here’s what you need to know about Chelsea Clinton:
1. She’s Been Interested in Service & Leadership Since She Was Young
Clinton has always surrounded herself with community service and credits the book she loved as a child, 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, as the springboard for a life of community activism. As a teenager in Washington, D.C. she led her school’s service club, in college she worked as a reading and writing tutor and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital, and now she’s the Vice Chair of her family’s foundation, according to her website.
Clinton explains on her Facebook page:
Every day, in my work and personal life, I think about how best to live my grandmother’s twin mantras that 1) ‘Life is not a dress rehearsal’ and 2) ‘Life is not about what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.’
She has a B.A. from Stanford, an MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she now teaches. She also holds both an MPhil and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, according to her Facebook.
What she wrote in an open letter to the readers of her book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, sums up where her passion for service comes from and how everyone can do their part, no matter how young.
“We have a saying in my family—it’s always better to get caught trying (rather than not try at all). I hope we can all get caught trying.”
2. Her Work For The Clinton Foundation Focuses on Empowering Young Leaders
The Clinton Foundation has many initiatives in place for issues currently plaguing society. Some of the topics they have programs and efforts for include climate change, economic development, girls and women, global health and health and wellness.
The family’s foundation also does work in Haiti and has a project called, “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project,” which works to promote women entrepreneurship and evaluate both the progress and challenges women and girls face today.
Chelsea is the Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, where she helps lead the work of the foundation with a particular focus health, women and girls, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders.
The Clinton Foundation also has a program for young professionals called 20/30 for young adults who are currently in their 20s and 30s and will be the leaders of our nation in the year 2030.
3. Her Book, ‘It’s Your World,’ Enlightens Kids About Today’s Issues, Including Homelessness
Clinton’s book was just published on September 15, 2015 and she didn’t wait long before traveling to many schools across the country to talk about it and hear what students are doing to make their world a better place.
“In It’s Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people. I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of inspiring kids and teenagers doing amazing work to help people and our planet have brighter and healthier futures.
Her book is meant for children ages 10 to 14 and she includes stories of some children and teenagers who are doing just what she suggests in the book, helping people in need.
Speaking to her readers, she hopes, “this book will show you that you can start making a difference now on issues you care about, in your own way, for your family, your community, and our world,” according to her website.
Her advice for children who want to be authors too one day?
My advice for writing a book is similar to my advice about making a difference in the world: Find something you care a lot about, get as informed as you can about that topic, figure out what you want to say about it, and then work hard, a little bit at a time, until you’ve written down everything that’s important to you.
4. Her Daughter Charlotte Just Celebrated Her First Birthday & She Has Another Baby on the Way
Chelsea and husband Marc welcomed their first child, daughter Charlotte, into the world in September 2014 and just celebrated her first birthday this fall.
Hillary is reportedly a devoted grandmother and babysitter. Chelsea explains to People that her mother will sing to Charlotte for hours to soothe her.
“When Charlotte has challenges teething, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ song can go on for hours. Like, everything gets on the bus – every animal from Old MacDonald’s farm gets on the bus, everybody we know gets on the bus … So my mom is very sweet when she’s singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus.’ ”
Hillary also taught Charlotte to pretend to grab for stars by scrunching her hands when she hears the song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
On Twitter yesterday Chelsea announced she is pregnant with her second child who is expected to be born in the summer.
5. She’s Been Married to Husband Marc Since 2010 & They Currently Live in New York City
Marc Mezvinsky, who calls himself “a nerdy Jewish boy from Philly” met in 1992 at Renaissance Weekend when she was 12 and he was 15. They remained friendly and ended up both going to Stanford (Marc was a sophomore when Chelsea began attending the college). Chelsea was still dating her longtime boyfriend from Oxford, Ian Klaus, but when they broke up Marc and Chelsea began hanging out and eventually dating.
After four years of dating, the couple got engaged in November 2009 and married in July 2010.
“He’s this playful schoolboy stuck inside this wicked-smart, really astute adult body. He’s as happy goofing off as he is talking finance with world leaders. He’s the best of both worlds,” says Bari Lurie, Chelsea’s chief of staff
Marc, a hedge-fund manager who co-founded Eaglevale, and Chelsea live in an apartment on Madison Square Park according to Vogue.
Mezvinsky describes Clinton as the ying to his yang in an interview with Vogue.
When I first saw her mother campaign for the Senate twelve years ago, I said, ‘Your mom speaks in fully formed paragraphs.’ It defies logic. And Chelsea has a similar gift. Not sentences. Paragraphs.” He laughs. “She’s very much the yin to my yang. I don’t want to say I’m aloof, but I definitely can exist in a cloud. I walk into parking meters. She’s the antithesis of that. She’s like: This is where the parking meters go!”
His mother, Marjorie Margolies, served in Congress and was a broadcast journalist while his father, Ed Mezvinsky, was a two-term Democratic congressman, known for swindling more than $10 million from family and friends in a scheme, according to ABC.