In her 2014 memoir Hard Choices , Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote of Dorothy Howell Rodham, "No one had a bigger influence on my life or did more to shape the person I became."  The struggles that she went through became a major theme of the June 2015 kickoff event to Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign .  They were repeated when Clinton gave a victory speech upon becoming the Democratic Nominee in early June 2016, saying, "I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States." 
Irina Metzler studied at Reading University for all three academic qualifications, from BA via MA to a PhD thesis on disability in the Middle Ages (kindly supported by a bursary from the Department of History at Reading). After that she was honorary research fellow at the university of Bristol, first in the Department of History, then three years in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, which were followed by an honorary research fellowship at Swansea's Centre for Medieval and Modern Research, MEMO. After she secured a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2012-14) and subsequently a Wellcome Trust University Award (2014-19), Irina became a full-time research member of staff at Swansea. Her interests lie primarily in physical, sensory and intellectual disability in the Middle Ages, but also in perceptions of the natural world in medieval culture, medieval travel and exploration, with knowledge of geography and anthropology. She is also engaged with the knowledge economy in medieval and modern times, interactions between history of ideas and history of education, and concepts of heritage in the past.
"There is only the fight to recover what has been lost and found and lost again and again."
Rodham maintained her interest in children's law and family policy, publishing the scholarly articles "Children's Policies: Abandonment and Neglect" in 1977  and "Children's Rights: A Legal Perspective" in 1979.  The latter continued her argument that children's legal competence depended upon their age and other circumstances and that in serious medical rights cases, judicial intervention was sometimes warranted. An American Bar Association chair later said, "Her articles were important, not because they were radically new but because they helped formulate something that had been inchoate."  Historian Garry Wills would later describe her as "one of the more important scholar-activists of the last two decades",  while conservatives said her theories would usurp traditional parental authority,  would allow children to file frivolous lawsuits against their parents,  and exemplified critical legal studies run amok.