Hillary Clinton closed the second night of the Democratic Convention with her first remarks since being named the party’s nominee: “We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.”
Clinton addressed the Philadelphia crowd by video live from New York. She was joined by several women, one of them a young girl who stood at her side.
“This is really your victory,” she told Democrats. “This is really your night. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, I may become the first woman president — but one of you is next.”
Clinton appeared after a video that showed every previous president — all of them male — followed by a shattering effect and her smiling face breaking through.
Her comments Tuesday echoed those she made in 2008 when her first presidential campaign ended with her endorsing Barack Obama.
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said at the time.
Her reference to that theme Tuesday came after a day in which she made history as the first female nominee for a major party.
One speaker after another noted the significance of the moment, including Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who said it was hard to become the first woman anything — much less the first woman president.
Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, praised his wife as “the best darn change maker I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
Hillary Clinton will deliver her formal acceptance speech Thursday night.
We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.” —Hillary https://t.co/mYkaLIv861
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 27, 2016