Shattering Glass Ceilings: Recapping the DNC

Shattering Glass Ceilings: Recapping the DNC

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Written by: Lataya Rothmiller

Hillary Clinton made history this week after she shattered the glass ceiling that so many women, have been putting cracks in before her. She is officially, the first woman, mother, grandmother to be nominated as a Democratic presidential nominee.

After it was confirmed that Hillary won the vote, the nominee briefly joined the convention last night via satellite video to say:
“We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet… I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”

You can’t help but wonder what this means to our future children, grandchildren and so forth. Regardless, the shattering of this ceiling was needed.

Now that the Democratic National Convention has come to a close, it’s time to digest what we have taken away from the four-day campaign.

First Lady Michelle Obama began the week with a powerful message about unity. I can’t help but reflect on how magical it felt to see an educated black woman, like myself, awe a stadium with her words and bring delegates to their feet.

She spoke about the unity, race and progression. She mentioned how much work still needs to be done in those categories. She spoke about how it felt to wake up in a house built by slaves and witnessing her two black daughters playing on the lawn. It gave me chills. And in that moment, I realized how important it is to be able to identify with the leaders of our country.

Listen to Michelle Obama’s speech here.

The powerful speeches didn’t stop with Mrs. Obama. The call for unity was evident when Bernie Sanders took the stage to endorse Hillary. A major element missing from the Republican National Convention (RNC) when Ted Cruz, Trump’s former opponent, failed to endorse him during his speech.

It was overt that the Republican Party lacked the ability to be stand together. From Cruz’s failed endorsement, and members of the party who have blatantly made it known that they will not.

Again, this was the deep contrast between the two conventions. Every speaker to take the stage at the DNC vocally endorsed Clinton.

Sanders urged his supporters to put aside their dismay, and still join the election for the remaining Democratic candidate.

“If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court Justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country.” Sanders said.

Listen to his speech here.

Again and again, every person that took the staged called for the audience and viewers to stand together and to “build bridges, not walls.”

Bill Clinton also gave an emphatic speech of his own. One on the timeline of his relationship with wife, Hillary.

Former President Clinton, although not mentioning republican Donald Trump’s name, asked the audience to ignore the “cartoon alternative” that she has been depicted as by the Republican Party. Assuring the audience that her nomination confirms that they have voted for the “real thing.”

He encouraged: “Life in the world is complicated and real change is hard… Hillary is uniquely qualified to seize the opportunities and reduce the risks we face, she is still the best darn change-maker I have ever known.”

Listen to his speech here.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made some notable speeches as well. Biden, in reminder of a potential candidate, made a case for Hillary.

Biden highlighted that because of Hillary’s nomination, future children, female or male, won’t be limited to anything.

Listen to VP Biden’s speech here.

There was a pressure on President Obama as he took the stage. The question of the night was whether or not he would be able to convince Democrats to trust Hillary has been in the air.

Obama went on to tell the crowd to “reject cynicism and reject fear.” And when the crowd booed at the mention of Donald Trump, he advised them “Don’t Boo, vote.” The crowd cheered him on requesting “four more years.”

Listen to President Obama’s speech here.

The final night of the Convention we closed by the Presidential nominee herself, Hillary Clinton.

She gave a message of national unity. Speaking on the need for American’s to contribute to the change they wish to see. This was a dig to Trump in which she warned the crowd:
“Don’t believe anyone that says ‘I alone can fix it.’”

When her mention of Trump stirred up some “boo’s” she reiterated Obama’s advice: “Don’t Boo, vote.”

Clinton continued to follow up on the messages given in the speeches before hers.
She mentioned systemic racism, asking the crowd to put themselves in the shoes of young Black and Latino men and women.

She showed support for Bernie Sanders’s cause, mentioning the need for affordable higher education.

Hillary spoke on her plans to restore jobs in the country, her plans for healthcare, the list continued in her almost 60 minute speech.

The crowd cheered for Hillary as she neared her closing. She reminded her female audience:
“After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit.”

This is true, Hillary.

After the two conventions it will be exciting to see how the both of these campaigns (Democratic and Republican) will play out when it is time to vote in November. Only then will we see who the Nation feels is better equipped to run our country!

Listen to Clinton’s speech here.