Hillary Clinton Makes Herstory and Stands on the Shoulders of Women of Color
This year’s election has been nothing short of revolutionary. In the wake of a seemingly incohesive Republican National Convention, members of the Democratic party gathered in Philadelphia for its National Convention where the spirit of hope and progression increased throughout the week. The Convention was culminated by a historic moment on Thursday, July 27, 2016 as Democratic party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept the nomination and lead a major-party ticket.
The former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State continues to break barriers and close the gender divide on a multitude of fronts. Her exhibited dedication to service has led the way toward equality for women and men by noting that women’s rights are indeed, human rights.
This, undoubtedly, is a huge step for women in America.
Our mothers, grand-mothers, and great-grand-mothers fought for women to have a voice. A voice beyond our homes and beyond the ears of our children. A voice in policy, business, and world topics. Today, Clinton is a representative of the progress we have made since our past, and the opportunities that exist for our future.
Her work is precedented by the work of icons like social activist, Shirley Chisholm. The first African-American Congresswoman and first African-American candidate, woman or man, to run for the Democratic party nomination. Grounded in education, Chisholm was a public servant dedicated to the advancement of African Americans, women, and the American people.
“Women in this country must become revolutionaries. We must refuse to accept the old, the traditional roles and stereotypes…We must replace the old, negative thoughts about our femininity with positive thoughts and positive action affirming it, and more.” – Shirley Chisholm
Chisholm made a name for herself through her “unbought,” and “unbossed” politics. She is remembered as a bold, fearless woman dedicated to work and highlight key issues on education, racial equality, and women empowerment. Some of Chisholm’s most notable work includes her time on the Education and Labor Committee while a New York Congresswoman, co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus, and work to pass a legislature to benefit the every-day worker in some of America’s poorest neighborhoods. Despite immense amounts of adversity and criticism, Chisholm continued to take a stand and be the voice of the issues she championed.
Chisholm’s legacy is remembered today by the work of more women of color such as Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California and US Senate hopeful, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Chisholm paved the way for women to run for our nation’s offices on every level and in every capacity – including the President of the United States.
Today, we recognize the history, or herstory, made by both Shirley Chisholm and Hillary Clinton. These women continued to excel beyond public limitations in the pursuit of justice for the issues they deemed important for American society.
During yet another historical time for women, we are reminded that the advancement for women greatly contributes to the advancement of humanity at large. That is a legacy of which are proud to be apart.