Hillary Clinton Makes History! Women’s Voices At The DNC And RNC
Last night, we saw history made as Hillary Clinton became the first woman became a major political party’s presidential nominee. This milestone put the cap on a whirlwind two weeks in politics as both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions wrapped up. Both programs featured amazing speakers who talked about issues ranging from mental illness awareness, to immigration reform, to women’s rights. In addition to powerhouse women like Michelle Obama and Ivanka Trump, there were quite a few influential young women who added their voices into the mix. We’ve gathered up our favorite quotes from some of them — find out what these inspirational women have to say about the state of women and girls in the US!
“Women represent 46 percent of the total U.S. labor force, and 40 percent of American households have female primary breadwinners. In 2014, women made 83 cents for every dollar made by a man. Single women without children earn 94 cents for each dollar earned by a man, whereas married mothers made only 77 cents. As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy in this country, motherhood is.” – Ivanka Trump
“[W]ith enough effort and determination you can do whatever you put your mind to.” – Tiffany Trump
“As a child of Honduran immigrants, I am profoundly grateful for the access and opportunity that exists in this extraordinary nation. I was educated in public schools; my talents were nurtured through public arts programs, and occasionally I needed a free meal to get through the school day.” – America Ferrera
“And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters – and all our sons and daughters – now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.” – Michelle Obama
“I happen to believe the crazy notion that people who weren’t born with the same opportunities as you and me should be given the same opportunities as you and me.” – Sarah Silverman
“[W]omen’s rights are human rights…we all have worth; we’re all part of this country.” – Lena Dunham
“My amazing mother became a single parent when I was 13 years old. It wasn’t easy. She had to balance a job and caring for her family. Imagine the difference equal pay could make for today’s working moms and their families.” – Chloe Grace Morentz
The Democratic National Convention also gave us a bonus treat: an a cappella music video featuring many of our favorite young female celebrities singing about female empowerment. Check it out!