“We’re all standing under a glass ceiling right now, but don’t worry — we’re not smashing this one,” a jubilant Hillary Clinton proclaimed, after becoming the first woman presumptive presidential nominee for a major political party in the 240-year-old history of the United States.
The former secretary of state subtly referred to her famous “18 million cracks” speech from 2008, when she conceded to President Barack Obama.
“Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it,” she told reporters at the time.
Eight years later, Clinton managed to put a wide hole in that ceiling, after securing more than the 2,383 required delegates.
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person,” she said, as she took the stage in Brooklyn, following her New Jersey primary victory. “It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”
Clinton’s right. Her historic win was possible only because of the women before her, who fought relentlessly for their rights and provided Clinton, and other female politicians, a platform to make a difference.
Her victory comes nearly a hundred years after Jeanette Rankin became the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. It comes 96 years after women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote.
To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want—even president. Tonight is for you. -H pic.twitter.com/jq7fKlfwGV— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016
Regardless of the fact that Clinton still needs to pass more hurdles, which are in the way of the official nomination and the presidency, she has carved her name into American history.