Hillary Clinton Gave Young Women 10 Reasons to Vote for Her as History Is Made

hillary clinton nomination acceptance speech DNC 2016Tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton made history as she became the first woman to break one seriously high glass ceiling and accept a major party nomination for president. In her speech, the former First Lady, US senator, and secretary of state laid out her case for being elected #45 with humility, strength, warmth, and grace. Her appeal truly put in perspective that everything she stands for and will fight for is in young women's best interest.

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Here, just 10 of the reasons Hillary gave young women to vote for her this November.  

1. We heard how she's done her life's work, but the "why" of it matters so much, too. Hillary's mother implored her to "do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can." Those are words that have fueled her work, whether she was working for the Children's Defense Fund in Massachusetts on behalf of disabled children who were denied an education, or advocating for families whose lives were forever changed by 9/11.

2. She is now the only candidate for POTUS who wants to make sure you get the same paycheck as a dude who does the same exact job as you do. Here's her plan. Just try to find a mention of equal pay for equal work on Trump's page -- let alone an actual plan.

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3. She's always stood up for children and families. She may now be a mom to Chelsea and a grandma to Charlotte and Aidan, but Hillary has always cared and looked out for other women's kids. And by looked out for, I mean she's gone to the mat. Because as she noted in her speech, "Simply caring is not enough; to drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws."

So, once we have a Madam President, we can look forward to her driving real progress when it comes to affordable childcare and paid family leave. #HILLYES.

4. She wants the same things as Bernie does. Maybe you were feeling the Bern through primary season. If so, you were in good company -- one poll done by Reuters in February found 61 percent of young women supported Sanders. As Hillary pointed out in her speech tonight, Bernie earned that support by putting economic and social issues "front and center where they belong." If you were a Berner, you may be disappointed right now. But Secretary Clinton said "your cause is our cause," elaborating that she's looking forward to putting Dems' amazing progressive platform written with Sanders to work for us all.

5. She is cheering us on. Okay, sure, she's been on the political scene for decades, but HRC is anything but an old who doesn't get millennials. On the contrary, she has so much faith in us. She sang our praises, beaming as she said that the US has "the most tolerant and generous young people we've ever had." We're "innovative entrepreneurs" who value "freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity."

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6. She "believes in science." We all obviously want to live long, healthy lives on this gorgeous earth -- and to believe our kids and their kids will be able to do the same. HRC knows climate change is real and wants to get to work "saving the planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs." (Here's her plan for that.) Sounds like a win-win for all of us.

7. She champions mothers who are striving to make a difference in the face of tragedy. Paying tribute to "mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep others safe," HRC reiterated her commitment to women like Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, and Lucy McBath -- strong moms who, while still grieving the deaths of their children, are working to see real change

 

8. She'll continue her decades-long fight to get us more accessible, affordable health care. As Chelsea reminded us, when her mom was First Lady, she fought for universal health care with Congress -- and lost. But not completely, because she worked with both sides of the aisle to create the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides 8 million kids with health insurance to this day.

We can trust Hillary's passion and dedication to making sure women and our kids have access to affordable health care. And we know, being that she's such a fierce advocate of reproductive rights, she'll always protect our right to make our own health care decisions. Also, as Bernie noted in his DNC speech, we can rest assured that HRC will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who will protect that right ... not to mention overturn Citizens United and defend workers' rights, the rights of the LGBT community, the needs of minorities and immigrants and the government's ability to protect the environment. 

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9. She's vowed to be a change-maker for young women (and men) who face systemic racism in our country. One of the recurring themes we've heard about Hillary throughout the convention from her colleagues and loved ones is how truly empathetic she is. How much genuine compassion she feels for those whose lives she's touched throughout her time in public service. True to form, she asked the audience to "put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face systemic racism [and] are made to feel like their lives are disposable." So that we can better understand, feel for, and -- like her -- stand with our fellow Americans. In moments like that one, we can all rest assured she'll be a leader who takes our fight against discrimination, bigotry, and social injustice to the next level.  

10. She wants women to have exactly what we deserve. All week, we've heard about what it means for our kids to watch Hillary win and accept the Democratic nomination. Standing in front of her convention as her "mother's daughter and daughter's mother," HRC vowed to lead our country into a time when women and girls won't have to question being able to take advantage of any opportunity they can dream of -- and deserve to have.

Actress, writer, producer, and director Lena Dunham will never forget how HRC's "bake cookies and have teas" comment inspired her and shaped her world view. Can you just imagine what we and our daughters will believe they can do by seeing Hillary lead the country?


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