All eyes were on Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday night, July 28, as she became the first woman to accept a major party's nomination for President of the United States.
It was a historic moment that was bigger than the already larger-than-life Clinton, who has served as senator and Secretary of State. In her acceptance speech, Clinton declared, "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."
Clinton's statement resonated with many women, who admitted to being unexpectedly emotional over the milestone. A CNN report quotes 16-year-old Victoria Sanchez, who was part of the audience that night: "This is more than I ever could have imagined. I know that I have just lived history and I can follow in her footsteps. This changes my entire life."
In a Vox.com feature, Boston resident Suzy Dolan, 23, shares: "I consider myself to be a pretty rational and collected person, but I've found myself tearing up at random times—at work, on the train, etc.—thinking about how many women before me never thought they would see this day, including my own mother and grandmother."
As the New York Times points out, "Clinton's nomination—bringing women, barred first by law and then by custom, to the pinnacle of American politics—is to be celebrated as inspiration for young Americans, and as hope for women in nations and cultures that deny them the most basic opportunities. It is further proof that opening doors to women elevates and strengthens our nation."
The U.S. has had 44 Presidents and they were all men—among them Clinton's husband Bill, who served two terms (1993 to 2001).