Hillary Clinton once compared the institution of marriage and the dependency of childhood to slavery in an academic journal.
In December of 1973, Hillary Rodham — fresh off a juris doctorate degree from Yale University — was at the forefront of the nascent children’s rights movement.
The movement’s goal was simple: give children the rights they deserved. Most activists believed that children were owed the basic rights of good living conditions and loving parents.
The future secretary of state believed that children were owed the rights her contemporaries championed, but she also believed they were legally owed much more, and her article “Children Under The Law” was her manifesto about childhood oppression.
In the article, published by the Harvard Education Review in December of 1973, Hillary began by explaining the rationale for “depriving people of rights in a dependency relationship” — where people are “incapable or undeserving of the right to take care of themselves and consequently need social institutions specifically designed to safeguard their position.”