Families of Female Pioneers Salute Hillary Clinton (Video)

Election '16

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night in becoming the first female nominee of a major political party, and she did so standing on the shoulders of many who came before her. 

"Standing on each other's shoulders is how we have always moved forward, whether it be through biology or inspiration," Meryl Streep narrated in a special video produced for the event at the DNC. "In the end, Hillary Clinton did not realize her dream of becoming an astronaut, but she did soar to a place no American woman has gone before, shattering a glass ceiling that has been impenetrable for almost 250 years."

Growing up, Clinton drew inspiration from a wide variety of sheros, and today their families are proud to stand with her. 

The families of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks are all featured in the film. The nieces of Margaret Chase Smith and Sally ride, the daughters of Dolores Huerta and the grandson of Maya Angelou appear in the film as well. 

"We say thank you to all the women who would not take no for an answer, you dreamers and schemers, you rabblerousers and hellraisers, you petticoat abolitionists, you chainsmoking, pants-wearing exhibitionists, you educators, agitators and aviators, you risk-takers, you rule-breakers, you unikely heros, you white-cupped, teacup-serving Mrs. John Does, with your homemade soap boxes and your brazen public rants, you lady pals and career gals, you 'I've got big plans, smartypants,'" Streep says. 


Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story from Harry Thomason on Vimeo.

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