Like it or not, barring a major upheaval or legal issue, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Nominee. She leads in votes and delegates and has secured the magic number of combined delegates needed to be declared the nominee. We may not agree with the way that AP chose to make the announcement ahead of a major primary, but now that the dust has settled, we find that their prediction has come true.

Regardless of the controversy, there is an irrefutable fact that history was made on Tuesday as a woman was declared, for the first time, to be the nominee for a major political party.

To so many women and girls, this means so much. Regardless of the politics of the woman chosen, the simple fact that a member of the female gender has made her way to such a prominent position in American government is a feat that is long overdue.

Of course, many of us wish that the first female nominee had been someone more worthy, someone more honorable. Despite this, last night was a historic milestone that we should all, men and women, be able to appreciate.

Because of Hillary Clinton, parents can now tell their daughters, the same as they’ve always told their sons, “you, too, can be president someday.”

Everything else aside, that means something.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com