These Moms' Reactions To Clinton Clinching The Nomination Will Inspire You


When Hillary Clinton won the New York primary, my mother texted my sisters and me something that put the win in total perspective:

Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday, according to the Associated Press delegate count. This was further confirmed by the results of the primaries in California and New Jersey on Tuesday.

Of course no one is suggesting people vote for Clinton purely because of her gender or that her accomplishments are only significant because she is a woman.

But regardless of your feelings about Clinton herself (or the superdelegate system), this is a truly historic moment. It is the first time a woman has clinched a presidential nomination for a major political party.

For some perspective, we asked women in generations above us -- our moms, aunts, grandmothers and friends -- how they feel about this news using an online questionnaire.

Of the 16 women we heard from, about half said they never thought they would see a woman confirmed as a presidential nominee for the Republican or Democratic party.

A few said they became hopeful about having a female nominee when they saw women running in the major parties. Michele, 58, said she began "thinking of the possibility" when Shirley Chisholm ran in 1972. Grace Row, 53 said she never thought of the possibility as a child, but:

Half of the respondents said they were held back in some way because of their gender, whether it was pay inequality, childcare barriers or dealing with sexism. My mother wrote she wasn't held back by anyone in particular, but:

We asked how they felt about seeing a woman become a presidential nominee, and the answers were split.

Four women wrote while they are happy to see a woman reaching this level of success, they wish it weren't Clinton. Eileen Marelic, 53, wrote:

Three women wrote that it doesn't matter much to them -- they're more interested in a person's politics than their gender.

For Row, it's a hard-won milestone for women. She wrote:

Two women expressed unequivocal excitement about the Clinton news. Ellen Milholland, 61, said it was "Unbelievable! Fantastic!" Graciela, 60, said she felt "proud" and that Clinton "is a good role model for all the young rising female leaders!"

And then I began to sense a certain trend in reactions.

Suzanne (full disclosure, she's my aunt) wrote:

Maryalice Migel wrote:

Michele wrote:

Rosemary Volpe wrote:

From what I gather, some women have been waiting a long time to see this happen.

But while we're able to witness this milestone, there were so many women who came before us who were not. A woman who responded anonymously said:

For my mother, who immigrated to America with her family on the promise of the American dream, this is a pretty amazing moment. She said: