It took 240 years, but the United States of America has officially nominated a woman to run for the office of the Presidency. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, party members began the roll call process for designating the individual they wanted to represent them in the November election. When the roll call was complete, Hilary Clinton had become the very first woman to receive such a distinguished honor.
On the heels of the release of hacked emails from the DNC by Wikileaks, Senator Bernie Sanders was able to set aside the disappointment from his own failed run for the nomination by standing up and saying to the committee, “I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.”
It was indeed a poignant moment given the controversy surrounding the release of the emails. Based on the content of some of the 20,000 or so emails released for public display, it appeared as though the party had long favoured a Clinton nomination at all costs. In the process, Sanders and his supporters may not have been given their proper due during the primary process.
Regardless of what might have transpired, it didn’t detract from the reality of the moment. America was one step closer to electing its first Woman President. While giving her acceptance speech to the committee, Mrs. Clinton took a moment to reflect on the magnitude of the situation: “I’m so happy this day has come,” she said. “Because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. … After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
The feelings and emotion of the moment were reminiscent of 2008 when many of the same party members stood in unity after nominating first black American to run for the Presidency.