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5 Ways the 2016 DNC Was Monumental for American Women

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President Barack Obama with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrats' official nominee for POTUS. (Andrew Dallos/Flickr)

The Democratic National Convention has been riddled with drama. Right before the start of the convention, news broke about leaked emails that showed that the Democratic National Committee wanted to undermine Bernie Sanders. Chair DNC Debbie Wasserman Schultz promptly stepped down. (By the way, no, she wasn't offered a job with Clinton's campaign.)

The beginning of the convention was filled with people protesting the DNC and continuing to pledge their support for Sanders. Since the convention was meant to be a celebration of Hillary Clinton officially accepting the nomination, that was ... more than a little awkward.

This week in Philadelphia has had its fair share of controversy. But among all of the tweetable moments, history has been unfolding in front of everyone's eyes.

For the first time ever in American history, a woman is, officially, the presidential nominee of a major political party. (Her husband wore a flattering pantsuit to honor the occasion.)

Whether you love or loathe Clinton or somewhere in between, her achievement is a huge deal.

From delegates to presidential nominee, women have been essential to this year's DNC. Here are some of the ways the 2016 Democratic National Convention will go down in herstory.

1. Michelle Obama brings down the house with a powerful speech

Although it felt like we had just heard Michelle Obama speak last week, the FLOTUS didn't actually speak at a 2016 convention until Monday, the first night of the DNC. Her speech brought the entire Wells Fargo Center to its feet.

Obama delivered an original and emotional address that highlighted the historical magnitude of a black First Family, slammed Donald Trump without mentioning his name, and reminded Americans that no one needs to make the country great again -- it already is great. Her hopeful and optimistic rhetoric was the opposite of what we heard from Trump at the RNC.

And while there were a few naysaying critics, reaction on social media was overwhelmingly positive.

2. Arizona presents an honorary chairwoman older than women's suffrage

Jerry Emmett was born in 1914. Women first began gaining the right to vote in the United States in 1919. Being older than her own right to vote made for an emotional moment for Emmett when she read out Arizona's votes for Hillary Clinton during the roll call vote on Tuesday, July 26.

Fun facts about Emmett: She also knew the first governor of Arizona and drinks two beers a day.

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Respect. (Giphy)

3. Mothers of the Movement call for action

During a portion of the DNC program dedicated to policing reforms, nine mothers who lost their children to police or gun violence took the stage. They included Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner.

They urged the convention audience to elect Clinton so that the "group of heartbroken mothers" can finally stop growing. They called for community policing and healthier relationships between communities and police officers.

The women praised Clinton for being the only candidate to invite the mothers to be part of the solution to end the violence.

The mothers have been advocating for reforms for years by attending conventions and meetings to make their voices heard. The DNC was one of their most high-profile appearances, but it won't be the last.

4. Women delegates dominate, literally

This year, 4,766 delegates attended the convention in Philadelphia. And 2,887 of those delegates were women -- roughly 61%.

On Monday alone, 30 women took the stage to address the crowd. Eighteen of them identify as women of color.

Women's voices were front and center throughout the week, seemingly a deliberate decision. Prioritizing the voices of a group who have been traditionally subjugated fit with the convention's themes of hope and optimism.

Take it from former Representative Gabby Giffords:

5. Hillary Clinton became the first-ever female Democratic nominee for president of the United States

She was already the presumptive nominee, but now it's official-official.

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5 Ways the 2016 DNC Was Monumental for American Women

Lauren Wethers

Lauren is originally from outside Saint Louis, but traveled down the Mississippi River to be a student at Tulane University, where she is the editor-in-chief of The Tulane Review and director of the New Orleans Universities Relay for Life. She has also written for NOLAWoman.com and Winnovating. One day she’ll figure out how to make the Time Turner real, but until then, she’d like to thank coffee for her success. Follow: @laurenwethers.

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