Full-disclosure: I did not vote for Hillary Clinton, for a variety of reasons, none of which I’ll get into here. But as a female, I was happy to see how close a woman got to winning the nomination, even though I didn’t personally want her to win it. After watching her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, which I found to be profoundly moving, funny, and strong, I was struck by how important her role in this election truly was — love her or hate her, Clinton had an immense impact on history, as the first woman who almost captured the nomination for President of the United States. “My mother was born before women could vote,” Clinton said. “But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for president.”While some believe that the media coverage of Clinton was sexist, and even some others think she should have been awarded the nomination over Barack Obama, despite him having more electoral votes, Clinton took her final, much lauded, and well-deserved, bow. Women make up the majority of registered voters and for once they got to vote for someone who looked like them and spoke directly about the issues that affect them as females — maybe that’s why a small percentage of her supporters are still holding on tight. But Clinton urged them to move on: “To my supporters, my champions – my sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits – from the bottom of my heart, thank you. You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history…I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me?”
Her supporters worked hard for 18 months not just for her, but for what she believed in and stood for, and the ultimate tribute to her powerful campaign is continuing the “sisterhood’s” work on her behalf. Invoking Harriet Tubman, Clinton ended, “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If they’re shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going.” My hope is that Clinton’s campaign made it possible for other women to take the torch and keep going, so that hopefully soon, a SHE will occupy the Oval Office.