Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.
By Leah Hall
In a 1995 address to the United Nation’s conference on women’s rights in Beijing, China, not only was Hillary Rodham Clinton the only First Lady to attend this event since it started in 1975, but she also boldly declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all” to a crowd that was less than willing to listen. The former lawyer, First Lady of the United States, senator from New York, candidate for president, and everlasting advocate for children and the marginalized has put more cracks in the glass ceiling on behalf of women everywhere than just about anyone alive. The list of firsts for women mentions her several times – the first female senator from New York, the first woman to win the Iowa caucus, the first woman to represent a major political party in a presidential election – and the list goes on.
As a law student at Yale, Hillary Clinton went undercover in Alabama to expose Nixon for not enforcing the ban on tax-exempt status for segregated private schools. In the 1970s, she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund, something that she proudly speaks of often. While she worked there, she worked in South Carolina to fight the imprisonment of children in adult prisons in the same cells as adult prisoners and in New Hampshire to fight for disabled children’s right to go to school. As First Lady, she fought for healthcare for all Americans and when her plan failed in congress, she continued fighting and secured healthcare for eight million children, one of which was me. As Secretary of State, she took a revolutionary step in the fight for transgender rights by making it so transgender Americans did not have to have gender reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on their passport. She was the first woman to be a major party’s nominee for president and earned more votes than any white man in American history. Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments are too many to name in a single paragraph – which is an admirable accomplishment in itself.
Hillary Clinton has paved the way for women in American politics. She had to live up to impossible standards that were set for her and she did it with grace and strength. She has inspired women and little girls to follow their dreams, not only their dreams that have to do with politics, but their dreams to achieve anything that would otherwise seem silly for a woman to even attempt. I am reminded every day that without Hillary Clinton, I would never have thought I was worthy of attempting a career in politics and activism. I feel so lucky that she did not stay home and bake cookies and make teas, because, as she said herself, “[…] from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the President of the United States. And that is truly remarkable.”
She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.