Last night Hillary Clinton reached a historic milestone, after she achieved the majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic Presidential Primary.
Speaking in Brooklyn, Hillary said: “Tonight’s victory is not just about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and scarified and made this moment possible.”
While the gravity of this moment cannot be understated, both in American politics and for women around the world, this isn’t the first time Hillary has made us proud to be female.
In honour of Hillary moving from First Lady to potential leader of the free world, we looked back at all the times she has been the ultimate queen.
1. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.”
2. “We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family.”
3. “There’s that kind of double bind that women find themselves in. On the one hand, yes, be smart, stand up for yourself. On the other hand, don’t offend anybody, don’t step on toes, or you’ll become somebody that nobody likes because you’re too assertive.”
4. “If calling for equal pay, paid leave and women’s health is playing the gender card then deal me in.”
5. “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”
6. “You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not secretary of state; I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.”
7. “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”
8. “Too many women in too many countries speak the same language — of silence.”
9. “Like it or not, women are always subject to criticism if they show too much feeling in public.”
10. “In too many instances, the march to globalisation has also meant the marginalisation of women and girls. And that must change.”
11. “I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, some people think we’re shouting.”
12. “I think my granddaughter has just as much God-given potential as a boy who was born in that hospital on the same day. I just believe that. That’s the way I was raised.”
13. “I’ve known a lot of the women world leaders, presidents and prime ministers, and I do hope that the United states joins the ranks of those countries that have really overcome that hurdle to gender equality.”