Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Historic Firsts Fill Evening at Democratic National Convention

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Historic Firsts Fill Evening at Democratic National Convention

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With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the mic, addressing the crowds that thronged the Democratic National Convention hall in Philadelphia, history was made.

"I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Senator Sanders said. The crowd roared, the delegates 'ayed,' and Mrs. Clinton officially became the first woman to be nominated by a major political party for the position of president of the United States.

Appearing on video from New York later Tuesday night, after a montage of the 43 men who have presided over the Oval Office filled the large screen overhead, Clinton thanked her party and the delegates for their role in helping her make "the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."

Calling out to the American viewers, she said: "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."

Clinton's nomination comes 240 years into the existence of the United States of America and nearly a century after the Constitution was amended in 1919 to give women the right to vote. There were still state restrictions that continued to make it difficult for women (and men) of color to exercise that right into the 1960s.

Her nomination was not the only precedent-setter at the convention. Tuesday night held echoes of both Clinton's past roles and of the milestones reached by women in politics since they gained suffrage.

One of the senators who nominated Clinton during the state roll call was Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who said she was acting on behalf of "all women who have broken down barriers for others." Senator Mikulski herself was the the first Democratic woman to be elected to the Senate in 1987. Clinton held the role of senator for New York State between 2001 and 2009; the two women are among the group of 46 women to have ever held the role of US senator. …

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