PHILADELPHIA – Gabrielle Gifford backs Democratic Party nominee, Hilary Clinton as the next leader of the nation on day three of the highly anticipated national convention. An electrifying cheer reverberated the packed hall as the former Arizona congresswoman walked in.
“Strong powerful women gets things done,” said Gifford. “Speaking is difficult for me. Come January, I want to say these two words. Madam President!”
Women speakers took a significant spot at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). There were 46 women and 75 men speakers at the DNC according to Presidential Gender Watch, a nonpartisan project of the Center for American Women and Politics and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. Women comprised three-quarters of headlining speakers for the DNC. In contrast, only 20 of the 62 speakers of Republican National Convention (RNC) were women.
First lady, Michelle Obama, who has two young daughters, graced the first night of the Democratic convention. She described Clinton as a woman who broke the “highest and hardest glass ceiling.”
Second lady, Dr Jill Biden, resonated similar sentiments that woman could make history. “Together, we will elect the first woman President of the United States.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a keynote address at the Democratic convention, which makes her the third female in history to do so.
The lineup of female speakers include notable celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Hunger Games Elizabeth Banks, Girls creator Lena Ferrera, actress Eva Longoria and Sarah Silverman. Women from Mothers of the Movement stood in representation of sons and daughters killed, and addressed the prevalence of gun violence and police brutality against Black Africa.
Will America see another history in the making at the coming November elections?
“To have a qualified women become a president is a dream come true,” says Krista Pacion, 40, an Arizona delegate. Pacion is the president of Emerge Arizona, and she is passionate about training women to run for political office.
“I am grateful to have it happen in my lifetime,” continued Pacion. Her grandmother was a Hillary supporter and passed away in 2011.
Thursday night will be the real test for Clinton. The former Secretary of State has admitted that she is not a dynamic public speaker.
“Americans are getting the picture of her as a real woman with multiple roles,” says Dr. Nichola Gutgold. “We have had many men who are not particularly dynamic speakers as our president. We have to accept that some women are dynamic speakers and some are not.”
“There is no rule book on how to be a first lady and certainly not a book on how to be a woman leader of the free world,” says Dr. Gutgold, professor of Communication and Arts and Sciences at Penn State University, and author of Almost Madam President as well as Gender and the American Presidency.
“Electing a woman president will open the door for many women to pursue careers that have not been open to them in the past,” continued Dr. Gutgold.
Democratic Clinton currently leads Republican Donald Trump 54 – 28 percent among women voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released July 19, 2016.