After months of polls and primaries and disgruntled progressives, on Tuesday evening, Hillary Clinton officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in Philadelphia.
For Clinton herself, it was a hard-won battle; what had seemed like a straightforward path to the nomination was stalled by Sen. Bernie Sanders' powerful movement mobilizing a disenfranchised swath of the population that came of age saddled with student loan debt, in the midst of a devastating financial recession.
But arguments about Clinton's candidacy aside, her win marks the first time in American history that a major party has nominated a woman for president. Clinton is prime to shatter the "highest, hardest glass ceiling" in the country — if not the world — and for scores of older women, that possibility carries a particular significance in their lives.
That was on proud display at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday when 102-year-old Jerry Emmett took her place in front of the microphone as an honorary delegate for Arizona and boomed:
And 51 votes for the next president of the United States of America — Hillary Rodham Clinton!
It was also reflected during an interview with Ruline Steininger, a 103-year-old woman who vowed to live long enough see Clinton become president.
"In my first century of life, I've seen many incredible things. A pandemic, two worldwide depressions, a cure for polio, the first Catholic president, a man on the moon, the end of smallpox, an attack on American soil, and a black president," she wrote in a letter to Clinton, according to CNN. "In my second century, I look forward to seeing a woman president."
On Tuesday, many took to social media to express how momentous an occasion it was, or would have been for their grandmothers.
For these women, a number of whom were born when they still had no right to vote, witnessing a woman clinching the presidential nomination was nothing short of one of the biggest moments in their lives.