1 Boxer was born Barbara Levy on Nov. 11, 1940. Her immigrant parents, Ira, a lawyer, and Sophie, raised her in Brooklyn, N.Y.
2 She earned a degree in economics from Brooklyn College in 1962.
3 During her senior year, she married fellow student Stewart Boxer. She remained in New York while he attended Fordham University Law School. They are still married.
4 After being denied jobs by a number of stockbrokerage firms because of what she believes was gender discrimination, she worked as a secretary. Though she eventually found work as a stockbroker, she says those post-college rejections later made her advocate for women's rights.
5 In 1965, she moved with her husband to Greenbrae in Marin County, Calif. There they raised two children, Doug and Nicole.
6 She won a spot on the Marin County board of supervisors in 1976 and served for six years.
7 In 1982, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. After 10 years in the House, she became a senator in 1993. She was elected to her third Senate term in 2004 with 6.9 million votes, the most votes won by a Senate candidate in U.S. history.
8 In 1995, her daughter Nicole married Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, in a ceremony at the White House.
10 At 4 feet, 11 inches tall, she uses her "Barbara box" when giving speeches, a platform that raises her to microphone level.
- Official Website of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
- Jewish Women's Archive