On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, the crowd at the Democratic National Convention nearly blew the roof off of the Wells Fargo Center when newly nominated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made an unforgettable entrance via satellite video.
Following an extended set by Grammy award-winning R&B artist Alicia Keys, the gigantic video screen above the stage started flipping through every U.S. president from President George Washington to President Barack Obama. At its conclusion, they put all 44 presidents in one image before the picture shattered like broken glass to reveal Hillary Clinton standing by to address the crowd.
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Hello Philadelphia. I am so happy it’s been a great day and night. And, what an incredible honor you have given me,” said Clinton, who was officially made the party’s nominee in a roll call vote, followed by a voice vote. “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Clinton said.
This is your victory….And, if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman President, but one of you is next.
Contrast Clinton’s entrance with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s absurd and creepy fog machined shadow dancer gimmick, and it’s a no contest. Hillary Clinton’s legendary entrance hit all the right notes and set an important tone for her campaign moving into the fall.
Meanwhile, it’s also important to remember the 43 other cracks in the presidential glass ceiling left by women throughout American history. Here are two fantastic examples:
Victoria Claflin Woodhull
Victoria Claflin Woodhull was the first woman ever to run for the presidency. She also made history by being the first white candidate to select an African American candidate as her running mate. Woodhull ran on the Equal Right’s party platform in 1872 along with her running mate Fredrick Douglas, one of the most celebrated African American intellectuals in U.S. History. Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, also became the first female stockbrokers in New York City when they opened their brokerage firm in 1870. Woodhull’s story is one of legendary courage and strength, she stood up for all forms of civil rights and was a woman way ahead of her time.
Shirley Chisholm was an African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress as a representative of New York state in 1968.
In 1972, Chisholm sought the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first African-American woman to seek the presidency under a major political party. Her slogan was “Unbought and Unbossed.” Unfortunately, Chisholm died in 2005, but she said about herself in 2004:
I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.
There is an excellent chance both Woodhull and Chisholm, as well as the other 41 women who left cracks in the presidential glass ceiling would be very proud of Hillary Clinton.
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