The Moment Hillary Clinton Became the First Female Presidential Nominee in History

And Bernie Sanders did the honors.

Hillary Clinton in MiamiBroadimage/Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night in Philadelphia when Democrats officially nominated her as their nominee for president, becoming the first woman from either party to achieve that long-held dream. The moment became real as South Dakota delegates announced their votes during the Democratic National Convention roll call—allowing Clinton to surpass the 2,382 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

When it was Vermont’s turn, Clinton’s rival from the primary race, Sen. Bernie Sanders, nominated the former secretary of state. Watch the video:


Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2019 demands.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.