The year Hillary Clinton turns 69 is likely to be the year she shatters the most tremendous glass ceiling of all to become the first female president of the United States. On Oct. 26, the Democratic nominee — or more likely, her campaign's social media team — shared a photo of a young, smiling Clinton gazing beyond the camera. The caption read, "Happy birthday to this future president."
Many social media users wished her well on her birthday, too, highlighting Clinton's historic nomination and potential presidency.
Clinton is on the verge winning the election, but whether or not she clinches it — though polls put her far ahead in the lead over Donald Trump — she will go down in the annals of history as one of the most important figures in modern civilization. Her historic significance aside, Clinton has paved the way for many other women to break their own barriers and carve their own paths.
Her nomination was personally symbolic to generations of women, from grandmothers who were born when women couldn't vote, to young girls who look at Clinton and realize that their dreams, too, are attainable — just like the young girl whose alleged letter to NASA about wanting to be an astronaut was rejected on the grounds that there were "no women astronauts."
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