Reactions To Hillary Clinton Being The First Female Presidential Nominee Are So Important
Tuesday was a huge night for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she clinched a victory in California to become the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee, according to the New York Times. But that wasn't all: the historical win also made her the first-ever female presidential nominee, and you can bet that people had a lot to say about it on social media. Reactions to Hillary Clinton being the first female presidential nominee were overwhelmingly celebratory, with many comments focusing on how meaningful the win was, not just for Clinton, but for women and girls everywhere. While there were, of course, tweets and messages from naysayers (both on the Republican side, and also from Bernie Sanders supporters), and while there will still be a lot of partisan debate as the election process continues, for now, it's hard to ignore what an important landmark moment this really is for women, regardless of political leaning.
Clinton has had plenty of high-profile celebrity supporters during her campaign so far, so unsurprisingly, many of them were sharing their joy about her big win on Twitter last night. And while many of them were totally excited that Clinton herself had done so well, the underlying message from almost everyone was that the win was a huge step forward for women and feminism as a whole.
A lot of little girls are in bed right now dreaming for the first time, without limits. You broke the mold @HillaryClinton — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) June 8, 2016
I've never been prouder to have a woman card. @HillaryClinton— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 8, 2016
To live a day in which my first vote is for a female democratic nominee to become our PRESIDENT of the United States pic.twitter.com/TjDm71Xn4W— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) June 8, 2016
Regardless of where you stand politically, tonight is a very special night for women in this country. 240 years later, it's about time.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 8, 2016
Others expressed their awe and joy at being able to experience this moment with their kids, knowing that they could soon have a female POTUS.
Just kissed my sleeping daughters and told them, "we did it." #ImWithHer— StephanieZawistowski (@burtonstowski) June 8, 2016
To every little girl who wants to be president when she grows up. Here's proof you can do it. pic.twitter.com/qVKPzVCCQU— Alanna Vagianos (@lannadelgrey) June 8, 2016
When I was in 3rd grade and we did a "When I Grow Up" thing I said I wanted to be president and a boy said I couldn't bc only boys are.— kaye toal (@ohkayewhatever) June 8, 2016
My biracial daughter will grow up with the expectation that the presidency - or whatever she chooses - is an option for her. #ImWithHer— Joy McCullough (@JMCwrites) June 8, 2016
While others were just reveling in the excitement, looking ahead to a Clinton win in November:
I always thought broken glass could cut you, but last night it was a million sparks of light falling from a shattered ceiling.#ImWithHer— Samira Ahmed (@sam_aye_ahm) June 8, 2016
Feeling emotional today. We made Herstoy last night. #ImWithHer— Kate Walter (@KateWalter12) June 8, 2016
all the way to the White House
For the first time in U.S. history, a woman could be president. We are allowed to revel in this moment 227 years in the making. #HistoryMade— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) June 8, 2016
.@HillaryClinton Tear streaming down my face, on behalf of all those women who came before, and on behalf of all who will come behind.— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) June 8, 2016
"The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee." For a moment, just let that set in. — Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) June 8, 2016
All I want her to do is say WHO IS BAKING COOKIES NOW HUH?— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) June 8, 2016
Then there was this mind-blowing tweet:
The daughter of the first black president is gonna cast her first vote for a woman. Holy shit.— A.C. in D.C. (@ArykanotErika) June 8, 2016
And, well, the perfect Leslie Knope gif to sum it all up:
Yeah, I'd say that's a pretty appropriate reaction. Regardless of your take on Clinton, there's no denying that finally having a female presidential nominee is pretty amazing.