“I'm moved that we actually got here in my lifetime”
On Thursday evening, Hillary Rodham Clinton made history by stepping onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention to accept her nomination as the Democratic nominee for president. She is the first woman in history to do so.
That simple fact was not lost on American women across the country. Immediately upon Clinton’s arrival, women everywhere took to Twitter to share their pure, unadulterated joy at watching another woman succeed.
Clinton’s moment quickly began trending, with women sharing stories, photos and feelings on watching her acceptance speech.
Tonight, I can tell my daughters with more confidence than ever that there's no limit to their dreams. Congratulations, @HillaryClinton.— Melinda Gates (@Melinda Gates)1469760654.0
So proud and happy. Thank you @HillaryClinton and #DemsInPhilly https://t.co/jP7i8tMS0U— Michael Bierut (@Michael Bierut)1469762839.0
#IveWaitedAllMyLife to hear #MadamePresident— of Verona (@of Verona)1469760249.0
Many women shared their surprise at how much this moment actually meant to them.
I'm watching the convention, and I'll say only this: I did not realize how much this moment meant to me as a woman until right now.— ✨ ashley ✨ (@✨ ashley ✨)1469758826.0
MY EYES ARE LEAKING WITH TEARS OF GIRL POWER JOY THERE IS LITERALLY A WOMAN ON THAT STAGE ACCEPTING A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION #DemsInPhilly— Kelli Boyle (@Kelli Boyle)1469760535.0
Social media users weren’t the only ones to feel extreme female pride. Many notable women have come out in recent months to share their feelings on this moment in women’s history.
As The Intercept reports, at a DNC women’s caucus meeting on Thursday morning, convention CEO Leah Daughtry told the crowd:
“My sisters, we have made history here in Philadelphia. Just think that less than 100 years ago, a woman was not even guaranteed the right to vote, and just think that a little over 50 years ago, an African-American woman, Fannie Lou Hamer, was not even permitted to be seated at our convention. And now, we have nominated our first woman to be president at a convention run by an African-American woman.”
Author Sady Doyle told Vox:
I'm moved that we actually got here in my lifetime, and I'm glad that it's her: This woman, of all women, has had to fight to earn her place at the table. She deserves this.
Wendy Davis additionally told the DNC’s women's caucus:
“We have never, ever had someone who has walked in our shoes, we have never had someone who understands what it means to be a woman in America, and we have never had the kind of champion that we are going to have in Hillary Clinton.”
And Olympian Abby Wambach told The New York Times:
“When a young woman walks into a classroom, a 15-year-old boy will think to himself, she could be president one day.”
For many, Clinton’s nomination goes far beyond politics. No matter who you plan to vote for this November, we have all just collectively witnessed something monumentous. As Clinton herself said in her acceptance speech, “When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.”