Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night as she became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States. It's the first time in American history that a woman will be a major party's presidential nominee. Whether you support Clinton for the presidency or not, this is a huge milestone for gender equality in this country.
Clinton expressed this sentiment last night during her victory speech, as well as on social media. Before taking the stage to address her supporters in Brooklyn, Clinton shared an inspiring photo on her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.
The poignant black and white image depicts Clinton dancing with a little girl. The message accompanying the photo reads, "To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want—even president. Tonight is for you."
The post received thousands of likes, retweets and comments, and the hashtag #ImWithHer was a trending topic well into the night.
After winning the New Jersey primary, Clinton delivered a speech in which she mentioned her late mother Dorothy Rodham, who was born on another history-making day for women nearly 100 years ago: "On the very day my mother was born in Chicago, Congress was passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment finally gave women the right to vote."
She also shared a photo of her and her mother, dated 1950, and expressed the wish that she could be alive to witness this historic moment.
Although Clinton is now looking ahead to a campaign against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, her opponent Bernie Sanders has not conceded. He announced after Tuesday's primaries that he will continue to fight for the Democratic nomination until next month's convention, declaring, "The struggle continues!"