TIME waded through the archives of photographs that span Hillary Clinton's life to catch a glimpse of some of the moments behind the scenes.
Despite being one of the most famous women in America, Hillary Clinton remains an enigma to many. Over a career spanning decades, she has been a student activist, the First Lady of Arkansas and then the United States, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and the first female major party presidential nominee. But throughout it all, she’s kept her guard up. TIME waded through the archives of photographs that span Clinton’s life to catch a glimpse of some of the moments behind the scenes.
Hillary for America Hillary and her mother, Dorothy, in a family photograph from 1948. Clinton, born Hillary Diane Rodham in 1947, grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with her mother, Dorothy, father, Hugh, and brothers, Hugh Jr. and Anthony.
William J. Clinton Presidential Library Hillary Clinton, 1960.
Hillary for America Hillary, seen in a picture at Waine Township High School South in 1965.
Wellesley College Archives Hillary Rodham (center) attends a student rally at Wellesley College, on Oct. 8, 1968. She attended Wellesley College, where her interest in social activism found its roots. At the school’s 1969 commencement ceremony, she was the first-ever student speaker.
William J. Clinton Presidential LibraryHillary Clinton as an intern with Congress, Summer 1968.
Lee Balterman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesClass leader, Hillary Rodham, of Wellesley College talking about student protests which she supported in her commencement speech, on June 11,1969.
William J. Clinton Presidential LibraryBill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at Yale Law School, 1972.
Hillary for America After law school, Hillary Clinton went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund.
William J. Clinton Presidential LibraryHillary Clinton and Bill Clinton on their wedding day, on Oct. 11, 1975.
David Fornell—Zuma Press Governor Bill Clinton, with wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea during an interview with Amy Oliver on election night in Little Rock, AR, in 1982.
The Clinton Foundation After Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton made it her mission as first lady to improve the state’s lagging health care and education systems.
William J. Clinton Presidential LibraryThe Clintons pose for a family portrait in June of 1991.
Danny Johnston—AP Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President-elect Al Gore, Jr., and Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of President-elect Bill Clinton, wave to supporters at a presidential victory party at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 4, 1992.
Porter Gifford—Liaison/Getty Images Bill and Hillary Clinton dance on stage at the inaugural ball, in Washington, on Jan. 20, 1993.
Susan Walsh—AP First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton does stretching exercises with a group of youngsters and senior citizens at the Heritage Cleveland Circle Assisted Living Facility in Brookline, Mass., on May 23, 1995 during a visit to the Boston area focused on health care.
Diana Walker for TIME Getting ready for President Clinton’s second inaugural, Hillary gets her first glimpse of daughter Chelsea’s short skirt on Jan. 20, 1997.
Diana Walker—Contour by Getty ImagesHillary Clinton waves to the crowd in Weedsport, New York, on July 14, 1998. She is heading to the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, New York, one of the stops on her Save America’s Treasures tour, a campaign to restore America’s decaying historical treasures
Diana Walker for TIME Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton Share a private moment, one of their last in the Oval Office on Jan. 11, 2001.
Diana Walker—Getty ImagesHillary Rodham Clinton visits a school during her 2000 campaign in the United States Senate election in New York.
Mark Wilson—Getty ImagesU.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) looks over her papers before the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 9, 2003 in Washington.
Charles Krupa—AP Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama make adjustments as they prepare for the seated portion of the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on June 3, 2007.
Diana Walker for TIME Hillary Clinton checks her messages upon departure from Malta for the as-yet-undisclosed location, Tripoli, Oct. 18, 2011.
Doug Mills—The New York Times/Redux Hillary Clinton takes the stage to address supporters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, on June 7, 2016.
James Devaney—GC Images Bill Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky and Hillary Clinton leave Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, on June 20, 2016.
Benjamin Lowy for TIME An ecstatic Hillary Clinton celebrates at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention where she accepted the nomination on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia.
James Nachtwey for TIME Hillary Clinton, seen campaigning, in Hampton, N.H., will face Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016.