Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday night, declaring herself the nominee of the Democratic Party – the first time in history that a woman became the presumptive nominee of one of the major parties.
Eight years ago to the day after Clinton gave her concession speech to Barack Obama – where she famously said that the “glass ceiling” of sexism had “about 18 million cracks in it” – it was her moment to shine.
In an anti-climatic moment, the Associated Press had already called the race for Clinton on Monday (thanks to super delegates), but by Tuesday night she had also won the majority of pledged delegates.
Clinton spoke at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the same spot where she debated Bernie Sanders in April.
In her victory speech, the former first lady made many references to the historical nature of her nomination. (Watch the full speech here.)
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls, in 1848. When a small but determined group of women, and men, came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called the Declaration of Sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.”
The celebratory Clinton also – once again – embraced the supporters of Sen. Sanders, asking them to “remember all that unites us” in the upcoming battle with Donald Trump.
Clinton celebrated together with many of her supporters and volunteers in her home state of New York.
“There was no way I was going to miss this moment in history,” said Elizabeth Lucy, a Brooklyn volunteer. “This is probably the most historical event I’ll ever experience in my lifetime. I can’t wait to tell the grandkids!”
With Bernie Sanders still in the race, Hillary Clinton won’t be the official nominee until the Democratic convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.