Democratic woman delegates reflect on historic night

On a historic night at the Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential candidate of a major party, we asked women delegates a simple question: What does it mean to you?

On a historic night at the Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential candidate of a major U.S. party, we asked women delegates a simple question: What does it mean to you?

There were some deep sighs, tears, and shouts of joy. Many delegates mentioned their own mothers, grandmothers, and heroes who came before them, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Shirley Chisholm.

Nancy Kaplan, a delegate from Wisconsin, said she and Clinton are about the same age.

“When I was a young adult I could’t get credit in my own name. I needed a signature from a husband or a father. Abortion was illegal and birth control was difficult to obtain. I have seen all those thing begin to change for most women, but it was a struggle. We are still underrepresented in every governing and judicial body. For me, this is personal and moving.”

To read other responses and reflections from Democratic delegates, peruse through the gallery above.

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