How women volunteers built Hillary’s campaign — and why we need them to win on November 8th

One year ago, on September 5th, 2015 — the anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s famous “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” speech in Beijing — we launched Women for Hillary.

This national network of women volunteers, donors, and supporters has a simple goal — to elect Hillary as our next president, because she’s the only candidate with the record and vision necessary to fight for women and their families.

Since then, we’ve come an incredibly long way and already crossed one historic milestone: Hillary is now the first woman presidential nominee of a major party.

So first, I want to celebrate all of you who have worked so hard to get us here. I’m proud to report the clear majority of Hillary for America’s donors are women, most of our voters are women, and women of all backgrounds — each with her own story — have driven our volunteer effort from the very beginning.

As someone who has traveled from state to state for Hillary, I can tell you first-hand — beyond just the numbers — that this is a campaign driven by younger women and older women; straight women and gay women; women of every race and immigration status. They’re our staff, they’re our fellows, and they’re our volunteers. They power this campaign.

They are women like my mom, a first-generation Indian American Hillary supporter who wants to play a part in electing the first woman president. In 2008, my mom was hard at work as a volunteer in Texas, and her passionate support for Hillary inspired me to get in the fight this time around. I’ll never forget the look on my mom’s face when I finally got the chance to introduce them.

They are women like Ana, a Latina volunteer in Texas who came into our Houston office every day during the primary to run our phone banks — in English and in Spanish!

Ana, with fellow volunteers and our organizer, Carlos Paz, at the Houston HQ during the primary

They are women like Dasheika, a young attorney in Georgia, who’s helping recruit and manage women volunteers for an important emerging state, including a growing group of young women of color, who are committed to equality and civil rights.

Dasheika, working for the campaign in our Atlanta HQ

And they are women like Carol from New York, who started her own grassroots group and has organized thousands of women nationwide — many of whom were completely new to politics — to host house parties and events for Hillary.

Carol and her fellow volunteer, Jennifer, canvassing in Iowa

Volunteers like Ana, Dasheika, and Carol (and my mom!) are just a few of the thousands and thousands of women who will decide this election — they’re the future of the Democratic Party, and the future of our country.

And one day, I fully expect to be voting for some of the inspirational female volunteers I’ve met on the campaign trail.

As much as we’ve already done, our work is more important now than it’s ever been before — because we still have one more giant glass ceiling left to break.

This work isn’t easy: It’s exhausting to keep standing up to a bully like Donald Trump. And so many of us know first-hand the feeling of being a highly qualified woman competing for a role against a less qualified man — it’s infuriating!

That’s why we need to fight these last 63 days harder than we’ve fought yet: Because just as millions of women, like me, have put our hope in Hillary, Hillary has put her hope in us. And with states starting to vote in less than a week, her election will not be possible if we don’t all come together now — making calls, registering voters, and getting out the vote. With only nine weeks left, do we want to look back and say that we gave anything less than 100% to stop him and elect our first woman president?

Look, I’m not someone who supports candidates just because they are women. But Hillary Clinton won’t just be the first woman president — she will be the first president with a record of fighting for women and girls her entire life. And she’s been dedicated to these causes at every step of her career, from the Children’s Defense Fund to secretary of state.

So, I know that just as Ana worked for Hillary in Texas during the primary, Dasheika is now working in Georgia and Carol is working in New York — Hillary will work tirelessly for all of us in the Oval Office. Because that’s what Hillary’s does — and has done — every single day of her career.

Over these final nine weeks, let’s work day and night to get her there. So join us — help us get other Hillary supporters to commit to vote, register young voters, and knock on more doors in these final 63 days than we have all year. It’s time.

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