Last night, at the Democratic National Convention, another ceiling was shattered as Hillary Rodham Clinton moved from being the Presumptive Democratic Nominee to securing the Democratic Nomination. She will deliver her acceptance speech Thursday night, 7/29/16, however, she made a surprise satellite appearance last night after her husband, Bill Clinton’s speech. The most memorable of her comments last night: “If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.” Should she go on to win the national election, this could well be the one quote recorded and repeated as historic.
For decades Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a figure in politics. She spent eight years as the First Lady of the United States of America. Unlike more traditional First Lady figures, upon leaving the White House, Hillary did not follow her husband into retirement, speaking engagements and volunteer work. Instead, she began focusing on her own political career, becoming Senator of the state of New York. Following an unsuccessful bid to win the Democratic Nomination, she became Secretary of State under the first term of the current president, Barack Obama. She has spent the majority of her adult life involved in the political process, probing and pushing for changes in the system, the country and the world.
Today, Secretary Clinton stands amid the shards of glass that were once the limitations of women in politics. She has accomplished what no other woman before has. She is historic and her accomplishment gives hope that we are moving ever forward towards true equality amongst all people, all citizens, regardless of sex, race, sexual identity, religion or any other imaginary divide. Securing this equality here at home is the largest step towards influencing human rights around the world.
We are One Woman, One World.
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