Prior to Tuesday, November 8, 2016, political experts and election specialists were convinced Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee, would make history by becoming the first woman elected as the President of the United States. Yet, to the shock and dismay of the entire world, she was stunningly defeated by newly-elected President and Republican party candidate Mr. Donald Trump.
Thus, the dream shared by women across the world was crushed. The hopes expressed by minorities living in the US and worldwide quickly crumbled. Anger, disappointment, and an overwhelming sense of fear were expressed across social media platforms.
Significantly, Clinton’s loss is a sign that politics have changed forever. As CNN explains, the results mark the end of a “campaign that will be remembered for failing to fully energize Democratic voters and for squandering the party's traditional heartlands in states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin” (http://cnn.it/2fy5fEH).
Yet, Trump’s shocking victory paints an alarming picture: No longer does the American public need to have a leader equipped with experience and morals. No longer do Americans want a leader who is eager to fight for the rights of all citizens. No longer does the American public want a leader who cares about maintaining positive international relations.
Now, a candidate accused of sexual assault, who continuously exclaims racist and misogynist remarks, and who called for a ban on media publications can become president.
In her heartbreaking concession speech, Hillary Clinton reminded her disappointed supporters that hope will conquer fear. As she states, "Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don't just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things: the rule of law, the principle that we are equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them” (http://cnn.it/2fy5fEH).
She also reminded females across the world of all ages to never give up: "And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable, and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams" (http://cnn.it/2fy5fEH).
Since the end of the election, tears have consistently flown down Clinton supporters’ cheeks. As CNN reports, “aides throughout the ballroom were sobbing during Clinton's remarks. Quiet moments in the speech were filled with tears, sniffles and some sobs. Clinton's top aides, seated in the front row, were almost all crying” (http://cnn.it/2fy5fEH). Even Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine had tears in his eyes when speaking about the Democratic candidate.
Although the outdated ceiling remains uncracked, no one can deny the impact Mrs. Clinton has had on women’s rights and American politics. She has shown women across the globe that progress can be made towards equality, empowerment and leadership. We must thank Hillary for her bravery, stamina and determination to provide women and minorities the rights everyone deserves. Although this may not be the time for a woman to become the Leader of the Free World, we can be confident that one day, we can all say the words: “Welcome Madame President of the United States of America.”