Editorial: It is a new dawn of politics in America
Hillary Clinton gained enough confirmed delegates Tuesday night to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
It was a historical moment in the United States as Hillary became the first female candidate to clinch the presidential nomination of any major political party.
This achievement was about 260 years in the making.
In 1756, Lydia Chapin Taft became the first woman to vote legally in Colonial America in three town hall meetings in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. This was 20 years before the United States declared independence from Great Britain.
In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote her husband John Adam, urging him to “Remember the Ladies” and provide for legal protections and rights for women in the new country’s laws. Unfortunately, the U.S. Constitution did not include the right to vote for women.
In 1848 — 72 years later — the Seneca Falls Convention gathered nearly 200 suffragettes together to develop the “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances,” which included a call for women to secure the sacred right to vote.
Nearly 25 years later, Victoria Claflin Woodhull ran for president on the Equal Rights Party in 1872.
It took another 48 years before the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919 and ratified in 1920 granting women the right to vote.
Then, 44 years later, in 1964, Margaret Chase Smith ran for the Republican presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to seek a major party presidential nomination.
A mere eight years later, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American presidential candidate and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.
Just 12 years later, Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was picked by Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale as his vice president candidate in 1984.
That brings us to June 7, 2016, when the first woman candidate earned enough delegates to become the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party.
Whether one agrees with Hillary Clinton’s politics or not, her achievement is indeed historic.
An American woman has campaigned, collected more votes than her opponents and secured sufficient delegates to gain the nomination and will lead her political party in the 2016 presidential race.
It is a new dawn in politics for America.