In a historical moment, Hillary Clinton has now obtained the Democratic Nomination for the 2016 election, making her the first woman to gain the nomination for a major political party. On the night of Monday, June 6th Clinton obtained enough superdelegates to get the nomination, making her the presumptive presidential nominee.
Having surpassed the 2,383 delegates necessary for the nomination, Hillary Clinton has made this historical run about eight years after conceding to Obama in the 2008 campaign. In 2008, Hillary suspended her campaign in order to endorse Obama, stating that while she wasn’t able to shatter that “highest, hardest glass ceiling”, she was able to put “about 18 million cracks in it” thanks to her supporters. Her dream of breaking this glass ceiling has now come to be after she earned the Democratic Nomination.
For the 2016 election, Hillary has long been in the lead in terms of superdelegates. But this didn’t stop her from worked to earn every vote on Tuesday, June 7th the primary election day that would seal the deal. On this date, primaries were held in a number of states including California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Most of the focus was California, the most populous state in the country and a largely liberal state.
Women have fought a long battle for political representation. In 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for president of the United States and won the Equal Rights Party nomination. Since then, a number of women have run for President but none have gained the nomination, with the exception of those running with smaller parties such as the Green Party and the Citizens Party. Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to run for President for a major political party. A number of women entered Congress in the 2014 midterm election.There are been many steps taken to get to this point in history.
Hillary Clinton may have gotten the nomination, but she still has the general election to win. While Hillary is the first woman to be the nominee for a major party, her presumed GOP opponent, Trump, is criticized for exhibiting sexism in his campaign, calling women “Fat pigs” and “disgusting animals.” Some even believe that the large support for Trump is partially due to the rise of Hillary Clinton, as some Trump supporters view this move towards equality as a threat to the way things used to be. Over the 228 years, forty-four presidents have been elected and all of them were men. It’s inspiring to see that in 2016, we finally have a woman up for the presidency.