Reflections from the Democratic National Convention: Let’s Share This Moment
July 27, 2016
July 27, 2016
“Let’s share this moment.”
That is what my esteemed, senior, female colleague Marie said to me after it was announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton received enough delegate votes to be the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.
For the last nine days, I have been in Philadelphia, working as part of the podium and speaker tracking team for the Democratic National Convention. From Hollywood movie stars to members of Congress to everyday Americans, our team arranged the arrival, transport, preparation and performance of 240 speakers who are declaring their support for Secretary Clinton. It has been an incredible experience filled with logistical log jams, paper cuts, and most importantly, inspiration.
I am working with a group of 14 year-olds who are fighting for wage equality; an advocate for reproductive rights; political leaders, and a US Senator. There is a common spark uniting us all: We are making “herstory.” We support an operation and a campaign that is breaking the biggest glass ceiling of our nation’s fight for female equality.
Standing with Marie on Tuesday — who was wearing her grandmother’s ring which was worn at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s nominating convention and carrying her mother’s brochure from the convention that nominated John F. Kennedy — a woman who has personally worked on behalf of Democratic candidates for over 40 years — I reflected on the women who have led us to this moment. My colleague’s campaign-tested eyes were filled with exuberance and awe. It was a moment of American history that I will always remember and am thankful I shared.