Hillary Clinton celebrates breaking the glass ceiling

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

History was made in Philadelphia overnight and it reduced many delegates to tears of joy and pride.

Others hugged and declared that every little girl in America — black or white, Asian or Latino, Native or immigrant — could now dream of becoming president. One of the fastest selling t-shirts in the arena reads: “A woman’s place is in the White House”.

Nearly a century after women won the right to vote in America, only now has a major party officially nominated a woman as a presidential candidate.

In the emotional cauldron that is the Democratic Party Convention, there were also delegates weeping with frustration and shouting with anger.

Bernie Sander’ supporters mainly young, passionate and who had remarkably invested in his campaign were left speechless when Sanders pledged his loyalty to Hillary.

ander’s move echoed the time eight years ago when Mrs Clinton backed Barack Obama from the convention floor, bringing their bitter rivalry to an end.

It was left to Bill Clinton to explain why Americans should vote for his wife. He did his very best to challenge the perception that his wife represents the establishment and the status quo. “She is still the best darn change maker I have ever met,” he declared.

Clinton’s speech was rambling at first, before getting sharper. He spoke of how Hillary has always campaigned for social justice. He implored Americans to give her the chance to be president.

Hillary appeared by video link, with the imagery of a glass ceiling shattering.

Elated multiple Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep said Hillary Clinton will be the first female president of the United States.

Speaking to cheering audiences at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Streep said voters and delegates had made history by choosing Mrs Clinton to be the Democratic presidential candidate.

“More than 200 years after Deborah Samson fought and nearly a hundred years after women got the vote, you people have made history,” she said.

“And you’re going to make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president and she will be a great president.”

Nancy Kaplan told ITV News: “When I was a young woman starting out in life I encountered a great deal of discrimination in life. When I first tried to rent an apartment I needed a husband or father’s signature for instance . . . we have come a long way.

“This is simply a huge moment for me. Hillary and I have lived through very similar experiences — obviously hers were on a much bigger stage. We are 52 percent of the population and hold only 20 percent  of governing offices. It’’s a huge milestone. It’s a personal moment for me and it’s very moving.”

Christine Bremer echoed similar sentiments during an interview with ITV News saying: “I never thought this would happen. As a woman you can imagine how I feel, it’s so historic. We’re all standing on Hillary Clintons shoulders. I have two daughters who are Millennials. They support Hillary so strongly they appreciate her and are so supportive.”

I think this sends a message to the world. We’ve been suffering under the image of Trump and it shows our country is unified behind someone who’s bringing us altogether.

During the interview, Thelma Sias said that as a young girl coming from Mississippi being raised by parents who worked so hard against discrimination, this is unreal. “I know my mother is cheering in heaven for us turning one more page in history.”

Luz Sosa said that Argentina has had three female presidents already. “I understand that women in the US are excited but I care about education. Friends in Argentina wonder why it’s taken so long for a woman in the US to have the chance and opportunity to become president. I understand their excitement, and I applaud it if they feel it makes a difference to them.”

LaKeshia Myers said that people around the world will look at the US and think we are finally getting it right. “We are still a young country and we are embracing the fact that there have been women in leadership for a long time around the world and it is about time we do the same with our head of state.”

“I think it send a message to our children that anything is possible. Electing President Obama did that for people of colour. To be here tonight as a black woman it feels like everything in my life can be validated when we nominate Hillary as president. It proves I do matter.”

Michelle Obama, US First Lady endorsed Hillary saying: “See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children,” Obama said. “Not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection, but every child who needs a champion….

“You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives. Advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s healthcare as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.”

Breaking glass ceilings, she said, “is the story of this country … the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful and intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

Immediately after the Democratic Convention ended, Hillary got a bump. Forty-six percent of voters nationwide say they’ll vote for Clinton in November, while 39 percent say they’ll back Trump.

— Agencies