There is finally a woman at the top of the presidential ticket.
Hillary Rodham Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president with “humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise.” Her acceptance speech on the final night of Democratic National Convention not only marked an important milestone in the American politics, it was also one for the history books.
“Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president,” Clinton told the boisterous convention crowd. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men, too — because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone.”
"I accept your nomination for president of the United States!” —Hillary https://t.co/3Ffpf7W4Vz— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 29, 2016
“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” she declared. “So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have. But even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead.”
Clinton also highlighted her plans to boost jobs and to increase the infrastructure spending. She outlined her immigration overhaul proposal, new gun restrictions, paid family leave and significant new subsidies to make public college tuition-free for most families. The former secretary of state also said she would fund her plans with tax increases on Wall Street, corporations and the “super rich.”
She even used a quote from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit “Hamilton” to get her point across.
The Democratic Party spent most of the convention casting Clinton as a steady leader whose unifying approach stands in sharp contrast with her Republican rival, Donald Trump. Touching on the convention’s anti-Trump theme, the presidential hopeful also took several aims at the business mogul.
“He loses his cool at the slightest provocation,” she said. “Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
Describing the 2016 election as a “moment of reckoning” for the country, Clinton reminded the nation that we would all have to work together “so we all can rise together.” She also said America should not believe a person who says, “I alone can fix it.”
“He wants to divide us — from the rest of the world, and from each other,” Clinton added. “He's betting that the perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He's taken the Republican Party a long way, from 'Morning in America' to 'Midnight in America.' He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.”
The speech, which will definitely go down in history books, made many observers extremely emotional — and rightfully so.
It was an empowering moment for millions of women in the U.S.
Hillary looked at Chelsea like my mom looks at me and then I started crying and I can't think #DemsInPhilly— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) July 29, 2016
It is amazing to see a woman giving this kind of speech on her way to becoming the next president.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 29, 2016
I'm watching the convention, and I'll say only this:— Ashley Esqueda (@AshleyEsqueda) July 29, 2016
I did not realize how much this moment meant to me as a woman until right now.
"When there are no ceilings the sky is the limit."— Janice Hahn (@Rep_JaniceHahn) July 29, 2016
So glad my granddaughters are watching Hillary Clinton tonight! pic.twitter.com/w4U0T1moiB
I've been waiting my entire life for a woman president. I cannot believe we are so close, and that Hillary will be that woman. #ImWithHer— Sara Lang (@SaraLang) July 29, 2016
I remember this woman getting shit in 1992 for not baking cookies & this is the most fucking satisfying moment ever.— Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) July 29, 2016
So this warm feeling of recognition — all the ways I see myself in Hillary — that's the feeling mediocre white men have felt since 1776?— Hannah Orenstein (@hannahorens) July 29, 2016
Watch the complete speech in the video above.