Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first woman presumptive presidential nominee
Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday by becoming the first woman presumptive presidential nominee of a major political outfit in America. The road to presidency is still fraught with danger, but becoming the presumptive nominee is a milestone in itself, and thus calls for a celebration in its own right. Here’s why: America has witnessed 56 presidential elections — women didn’t have the right to vote in 33; more important, none featured a female Democrat or Republican presidential nominee.
When Hillary jumped into the fray in 2008 for a Democratic Party nomination, it wasn’t just a straight political battle with another hopeful Barack Obama. In that sense, 2016 is no different. People still do not a template of a woman US president to judge. “The ambiguity about Hillary is outside of her. It comes from people’s own perspectives,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was quoted as saying.
Thus, despite being a politician’s wife, a first lady, a senator, and a secretary of state, Hillary’s candidature has often been viewed as “flawed” and “inept”. In addition, she continues to regularly fend off attacks related to her husband’s sexcapade while in office; the private email server scandal; the Benghazi attacks; her questionable relationship with Wall Street et al.
That’s why perhaps, eight years back after losing the Democratic Party nomination to Obama, she told her supporters that they had made 18 million cracks in “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.” Fast forward 2016 – during her victory speech Tuesday night – Hillary said that the biggest influence on her life had been her mother, “and she taught me never to back down from a bully — which turned out to be pretty good advice.”
Watch the following video of Hillary Clinton’s full victory speech on 7th June, 2016 when she addresses supporters after clinching the democratic nomination.
The words certainly find their roots in her middle-class upbringing in Chicago suburb. Hillary’s mother, Dorothy, had a tough childhood. She was abandoned by her parents as a young child and shipped off to live with relatives who didn’t want to raise her. By age 14, Dorothy knew the only way she’d get by was to support herself; and she started working as a housekeeper and babysitter while she went to high school.
Her mother’s experience inspired Hillary to fight for the needs of children everywhere. After graduating high school, Hillary attended Wellesley College, where she became more involved with social justice activism. By the time she graduated, Hillary had become a prominent student leader—she was elected by her peers to be the first-ever student speaker at Wellesley’s commencement ceremony.