Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency was confirmed yesterday after weeks of her announcement being declared a sure thing. Hillary shared her news with a very lovely Youtube montage video of people getting ready for positive change. Mothers spoke about returning to work. People talked about their new career steps. A same-sex couple are excited about their upcoming wedding. One young girl shared the news of her part in the school play. Towards the end of the feel-good clip Hillary chimes in, “I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president.”
It’s all as sweet as heck, and we may have shed a tear. If Hillary wins the nomination, she will be making history. And if she goes all the way to the White House… Let’s just say there will be a lot of young women with someone pretty awesome to aspire to.
However, Hillary’s bid for the White House isn’t the first time she has attempted to secure the Democratic Party bid. In 2008, she lost to Barack Obama in the primaries. Hillary isn’t even the first woman to try and run for President of the United States.
Refinery29 has a really great listicle here on the badass women who’ve tried to assume the mantle of commander-in-chief – some before they even had the right to vote for themselves. In the 1960s, Republican Senator Margaret Chase was the first women to appear on the ballot at a major party convention. In the 1970s, Shirley Chisholm campaigned for the Democrat nomination.
We have a pretty good feeling about Hillary’s campaign. Her CV is a master class in trailblazing ambition. Hillary knows US politics inside and out. She’s a former Secretary of State, used to work as a Senator after her stint as First Lady for the majority of the 1990s, and she’s used to spiteful media attention. All this makes her the strongest contender in years, even with the ongloing scandal about how she used her work email for personal matters in the Obama administration.
Hillary is also more prepared than any other candidate in recent memory. Her team has offices rented in Brooklyn, all the social media accounts are ready to blast out messages, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, seen by many as Hillary’s greatest rival as the first female President, has publicly said she won’t run against Hillary. One of Hillary’s top aides has shared the bare bones of her progressive manifesto on Twitter.
Helping working families succeed, building small businesses, tackling climate change & clean energy. Top of the agenda. #Hillary2016
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) April 12, 2015
While Hillary will be treading stomping grounds Iowa and New Hampshire in a bid to secure the Democratic Party nomination, daughter Chelsea is also helping her mother on the campaign trail. Chelsea, who became a mother to baby Charlotte in September, is on the cover of US ELLE and endorses the idea of a female president.
Chelsea says in response to a question on the need for a woman finally in charge, “…it’s important, for, yes, symbolic reasons—symbols are important; it is important who and what we choose to elevate, and to celebrate…Who sits around the table matters. And who sits at the head of the table matters, too.” We like to think Bill is busy making tea behind-the-scenes and getting excited about his possible role as the first First Gentleman.
Between the Easter Rising centenary next year and Hillary being a feminist heroine, we’re feeling so politically engaged right now.
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