Philadelphia — In the cradle of American democracy, Hillary Clinton has become the first woman to be nominated for U.S. president by a major political party, and the importance of that milestone isn't lost on North Carolina women attending the Democratic National Convention.
"I think it means even more for my granddaughter as a young woman growing up to realize that there are actually women who can be president because I don't think that they think about that," said Linda Gunter, a delegate from Cary.
Gunter and Betsy Wells, a delegate from Kings Mountain, said the career paths for women were limited when they was younger, and they never dreamed of seeing a woman leading the nation.
"I became a teacher, and yet I never thought about being a doctor. I never thought about being a CEO of a company," Wells said. "I started teaching when women couldn't even wear pantsuits."
"I became a secretary," Gunter said. "You know, nurse, teacher, secretary (as women's careers), and I didn't like the other two. It was the only thing that we could really do, but now my daughter's a CPA. People can, women can aspire to anything."
Clinton's background as a children's advocate, U.S. senator and secretary of state – as well as eight years as first lady – demonstrate how much a woman can accomplish, 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams said.
"She comes with a lot of experience, probably more than anyone who's ever run for president," Adams said. "Having a woman to be able to get this far and to get the nomination and to get the presidency, yes, that's good. That's a win."
Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes said that, as a black woman, having Clinton follow in the footsteps of President Barack Obama gives her hope.
"In the history of our country, it wasn't possible for someone who looks like me to end up in the White House," Holmes said. "Between President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton, she's making that a very real possibility. So, she's not just breaking through a glass ceiling, she's inspiring hope in women and girls all across this country."